Career Opportunities with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call (941) 861-7811 or the Florida Relay Service, 711 or 1 (800) 955-8771

Career Opportunities

Job Location: South County Judicial Center; travel to other court locations may be required
Annual Salary: $57,242.00
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried
Position Available: Immediately

The job
The essential function of the Trial Court Staff Attorney position is research and writing of legal memoranda, draft opinions, orders and reports; conduct legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law, including complex civil litigation, constitutional questions and complex family law cases. Most work involves criminal matters, including post-conviction motions and related civil matters such as petitions for extraordinary relief filed by or on behalf of sentenced inmates, pretrial detainees and other litigants.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Supervising Senior Staff Attorneys, Trial Court Administrator and Judges, and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion.  

Education and Training Guidelines
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and membership in good standing in the Florida Bar. At least five years of experience in the practice of law.   

Examples of Work Performed

  • Draft/review post-conviction motions/orders, including research 
  • Draft/review civil memoranda/orders, including research
  • Conduct legal research on behalf of judges and Trial Court Administrator 
  • Attend hearings
  • Perform administrative tasks/intern reviews

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
This position requires knowledge of the legal system; criminal and civil court processes and procedures, and the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.  

Knowledge: Legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, legal publications, Florida State Courts System.

Skills: Manual legal research; computerized legal research, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; legal writing and drafting. 

Abilities: Reason logically and analytically; grasp, comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details; perform exacting work, attentive to issues in matters before the court; comprehend that which is read; digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing; exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty; work effectively with others. 

Apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters and resumes are encouraged. Writing sample (minimum 5-10 pages however longer samples are welcome), law school transcripts and copy of Florida Bar card must also be uploaded.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Salary: $17.80/hour + benefits (non-negotiable)
Position Available: Immediately

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a full-time laboratory technician to work with Manatee County’s Drug Court Program. The lab technician is primarily responsible for the monitoring and collection of urine specimens of Drug Court clients. The lab technician also is responsible for the overall operation of the urinalysis-testing component and the use of the breathalyzer machine to monitor abstinence, screening, assessment and referral duties, observes and collects urine/breath testing samples, directs testing of urine samples, analyzing and recording all test results for illegal drugs and alcohol. The employee will be responsible for monitoring and observing male clients urinalysis, so only male applicants will be considered for this position. 

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Monitors and tracks urine specimens for each male client in addition to outside agency customers
  • acquire and maintain AU480 certification within 6 months of date of hire;
  • data entry and reports (maintain accurate and detailed statistical records); 
  • stays knowledgeable of lab policies and procedures, drug trends and cross reactivity;
  • maintains equipment and chemical supplies;
  • supplies the Court with written and/or oral reports; 
  • attend court hearings as needed; and
  • inventories testing equipment and orders all testing supplies.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures;
  • knowledge of and ability to develop lab policies and procedures;
  • knowledge of illegal substances and prescription drugs, masking agents, drug retention schedules and levels of substances for testing purposes;
  • ability to organize, prioritize, and handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements;
  • ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisor, co-workers and the public; and
  • ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Education
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or from a technical program. Work experience and/or education equivalent combination will substitute for the degree requirement.

Benefits
The Manatee County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through the Manatee County Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Location: Manatee County
Position Available: Immediately, open until filled
Salary: $17.80/hour ($37,024.00/year) + Manatee County Government benefits package

The job
The Manatee Drug Court Program of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Drug Court Case Manager. Drug Court is a specialized treatment court that combines legal proceedings, addictions treatment and rehabilitation into one program. Client participation is voluntary in this judicially supervised treatment approach, developed jointly by court staff and mental health professionals.

This position provides case management services to program participants, establishes and maintains community partnerships, advocates for the program, and reports program data to the Court and community partners.

We seek someone who has experience working with the mental health/substance abuse population. Our ideal candidate has a work history that demonstrates he/she is proactive, self-motivated, and has the ability to work with clients in this unique program setting. The proven ability to form relationships with local community service agencies is a plus.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Identify individuals who meet Drug Court criteria and provide initial assessment;
  • Create individualized case plans and monitor participant progress; 
  • Collect, document and maintain participant data, progress reports, test results, etc.  
  • Facilitate group sessions to help provide participants with life skills and additional access to resources;
  • Link participants to available community resources and resolve client issues;
  • Attend court and agency staffings.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures;
  • Knowledge of mental health and related issues;
  • Ability to work independently, and as a part of a team;
  • Understanding of case management limits and what constitutes unauthorized practice of law; and
  • Ability to analyze files and move cases through the court process.

Education
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, counseling, social or behavioral science or closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Benefits
The Manatee County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through Manatee County Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Job Location: Sarasota Treatment Courts 
Salary: $17.80/hour ($37,024.00/annually)
Position Type: Full-Time, Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm
Position Available: Immediately, open until filled

The job
The Sarasota Drug Court Program of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Drug Court Caseworker. Drug Court is a specialized treatment court that combines legal proceedings, addictions treatment and rehabilitation into one program. Client participation is voluntary in this judicially supervised treatment approach, developed jointly by court staff and mental health professionals.

This position provides case management services to program participants, establishes and maintains community partnerships, advocates for the program, and reports program data to the Court and community partners.

We seek someone who has experience working with the mental health/substance abuse population. Our ideal candidate has a work history that demonstrates he/she is proactive, self-motivated, and has the ability to work with clients in this unique program setting. The proven ability to form relationships with local community service agencies is a plus.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Identify individuals who meet Drug Court criteria and provide initial assessment;
  • Create individualized case plans and monitor participant progress; 
  • Collect, document and maintain participant data, progress reports, test results, etc.  
  • Facilitate group sessions to help provide participants with life skills and additional access to resources;
  • Link participants to available community resources and resolve client issues;
  • Attend court and agency staffings.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures;
  • Knowledge of mental health and related issues;
  • Ability to work independently, and as a part of a team;
  • Understanding of case management limits and what constitutes unauthorized practice of law; and
  • Ability to analyze files and move cases through the court process.

Education
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, counseling, social or behavioral science or closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Benefits
The Sarasota County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Job Location: Sarasota County or Manatee County
Position Number: TBD
Position Available: July 1, 2022 (open until filled)
Hourly Rate (non-negotiable): $17.36/hour (non-negotiable); this is an Other Personal Services (OPS) state-funded position. The position is paid hourly and is budgeted to work up to 40 hours per week. OPS employees are eligible for State of Florida health benefits, but do not accrue holiday, sick or vacation leave. This hourly position is not eligible to participate in the Florida Retirement System. 

The job
The civil case manager assists the civil divisions of the circuit and county courts by providing case management and administrative support. Responsibilities include various clerical and administrative tasks, reviewing civil paperwork in cases set for hearing; maintaining statistics, setting hearings, preparing dockets, and working closely with the civil division judges, their assistants, case management staff and other court personnel. 

This is a high-volume division of the court. Candidates must be proficient using computers and Microsoft Word and able to generate multiple documents for mailing. Attention to detail is important. 

This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system, civil court processes and procedures and the following skills and abilities: 

  • Analyze court files for completeness of appropriate legal documentation and the ability to move cases through the court process; 
  • Work independently, as well as with a team; 
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 
  • Establish work priorities; 
  • Appropriately work with litigants who are under the stress inherent in civil legal conflicts; 
  • Understand the limitations of services of case management and what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law; and
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court.   

Qualifications
Two years of related case management or administrative, clerical or word processing experience is required. Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required. 

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter explaining your interest and availability and current resume are also required.   Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941) 861-7904

*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered.  If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate – you will not be required to submit a new application.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check.  The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Job Location: Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties
Position Number: 10928
Position Available: July 1, 2022
Annual Salary: $47,741.06 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last 
workday of each month) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary. Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

The Job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Mediation Services Coordinator (MSC) to conduct family and dependency mediations and oversee the court’s Citizen Dispute Settlement Programs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, which includes working directly with program directors to ensure effective operation of the pre-filing and county civil mediation programs. The MSC reports directly to the circuit’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Director. 

The ideal candidate will be a Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator with supervisory experience. 

Examples of work performed
·         Conducts family and dependency mediations, facilitating the discussion of legal issues between involved parties for court referred cases and informs litigants about the mediation process prior to commencement of every mediation; 
·         Prepares/drafts settlement agreements, court orders or impasse reports on all cases mediated; reviews agreements with all parties involved and manages execution of agreements by parties; completes closing paperwork and statistical records/reports for mediation cases of responsibility; 
·         Reviews case files, pleadings and other documents pertinent to cases; 
·         Works with ADR Director and mediation staff to establish and maintain procedures pertaining to volunteer mediators, such as volunteer rights and obligations, program procedures, standards of conduct, criteria for performance review and renewal, etc. 
·         Coordinates and/or conducts CME trainings for volunteer mediators; 
·         Reviews applications, approves, oversees, monitors participation, tracks re-certification and acts as the court liaison for volunteer mediators; 
·         Markets and exposes the Citizen Dispute Settlement and Family Pre-filing programs to the public, which includes public speaking and actively seeking out and providing program information to possible referral sources. 

Qualifications
·         Bachelor’s degree in social work, law or a closely related field. A juris doctorate or master’s degree is preferred.
·         Four years of related experience, including extensive experience in conducting mediations. 
·         Requires Florida Supreme Court certification in Family. Dependency certification is preferred and the incumbent will be required to obtain Dependency certification within six months of hire. 

Apply 
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit along with a copy of mediation certifications. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

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The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check.  The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.  If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application or selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Position Numbers: 011414 and 008950
Positions available: open until filled
Monthly Salary: salary effective 7/1/22 $4,296.45 (monthly for members of the Florida Bar) salary effective 7/1/22 $3,866.81 (monthly if awaiting results of the Florida Bar or prior to taking the Florida Bar Exam). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

The job
The essential function of the Trial Court Staff Attorney position is research and writing of legal memoranda, draft opinions, orders and reports; conduct legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law, including appeals from county court (both civil and criminal), complex civil litigation, constitutional questions, complex family law cases and criminal matters, including post-conviction motions and related civil matters such as petitions for extraordinary relief filed by or on behalf of sentenced inmates, pretrial detainees and other litigants. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Circuit’s Senior Staff Attorneys, Court Administrator and Judges, and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion.  

Education and Training Guidelines
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.    

Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Required
Requires membership in the Florida Bar within one year of hire. 

Examples of Work Performed
·         Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning extraordinary writs;
·         Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence in death penalty cases; 
·         Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advice judges in a variety of legal areas; 
·         Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions; 
·         Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills; attends hearings as required; 
·         Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
This position requires knowledge of the legal system; criminal and civil court processes and procedures, and the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.  

Knowledge: Legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, legal publications, Florida State Courts System.

Skills: Manual legal research; computerized legal research, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; legal writing and drafting. 

Abilities: Reason logically and analytically; grasp, comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details; digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing; exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty. 

Apply
Submit a current and complete State of Florida Application, resume, cover letter, writing sample (minimum 5-10 pages however longer samples are welcome), law school transcripts and copy of Florida Bar card. Faxed and emailed applications will be accepted.

Human Resources Manager
Court Administration
Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org

*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered.  If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate--you do not need to submit it again.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check.  The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.  If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-749-3600 ext. 1791.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center, Bradenton
Annual Salary: effective 7/1/22 $33,490.72 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last 
workday of each month) *The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary. Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.
Position Type: Full-Time, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. + Shift Employee will be scheduled to remain until all courts have concluded for the day, two–three days per week
Position Number: 010871
Position Available: March 1, 2022

The job
The Digital Court Recorder is responsible independent, technical, and clerical work monitoring multiple court proceedings from a central location using the OpenCourt software for digital audio recording. The Digital Court Recorder annotates court events as they occur within the recording for future retrieval. The employee may be required to sit in one position for long periods of time. Work is performed under the supervision of a Manager of Digital Court Recording or other Court Managers, and must exercise discretion with sensitive and confidential information. While work is performed independently, the employee will share an office with up to five other court recorders and must work well in a team environment.  

Examples of Work Performed

  • Monitors and annotates all proceedings in assigned courtrooms in order to ensure a complete and accurate recording of the proceedings;
  • Monitors audio quality, performs tests of digital recording equipment, advises supervisor of improperly functioning equipment;                                                        
  • Performs playback services for the Court and provides CDs or other retrieval records of recorded hearings to the public;         
  • Communicates with Judicial Assistants and Clerks through email, phone and software (SmartBench, Benchmark, JACS, etc.);
  • Maintains statistical data regarding digitally recorded proceedings and media provided to the Court, litigants and the general public. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system; court processes and procedures; and the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Ability to learn, use and understand the OpenCourt/CourtSmart software and digital recording system or any other software that may be required to perform duties
  • Ability to use a personal computer in a Windows environment, including WORD, Excel, and email application
  • Ability to multi-task and type accurately
  • Ability to compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports
  • Ability to compute basic mathematical and statistical functions such as percentages and averages
  • Ability to work in a close environment with co-workers
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, and the general public
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize and organize work and  meet deadlines 
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish work priorities, work under pressure and organize work 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, automated environment with interruptions
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court
  • Knowledge of court system procedures, practices and applicable statutes, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances

Technology and Equipment Usage

In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position calls for strong computer skills, such as: proficient typing skills; the ability to use computer applications such as OpenCourt/CourtSmart, Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software. Must be able to use a personal computer, copy machines, fax machines, scanning devices, multi-line telephones.

Education and Training Guidelines

Education: A High School diploma or GED and one year of college or vocational school education in office skills, computer operation or closely related field.

Experience: Two years of legal experience. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.  

Apply 
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically or via mail delivery.  

Email:  HR@jud12.flcourts.org 
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230

*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered.  If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate – you will not be required to submit a new application.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Position Type: Full-Time 
Position Available:
Immediately 
Salary: $16.75/hour ($34,840.00/annually) + benefits

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting applications for a Pretrial Services Caseworker vacancy in Sarasota County. The position is in the Intake Unit. The Intake Unit is a 24-hour operation, with two 12-hour shifts. Working nights, weekends and holidays are part of this position, which includes a 6% shift differential for working nights once training is completed.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Interview defendants and victims;
  • review criminal histories, backgrounds, and verify information; 
  • conduct mental health and substance abuse assessments;
  • write reports for the Court; and
  • attend court hearings.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • knowledge of investigative and fact-gathering techniques;
  • ability to observe, interpret, assess and record behavioral events;
  • ability to organize and prioritize work;
  • ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment in emergency or crisis situations; and
  • ability to interact with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Education
A BA/BS from an accredited college or university with a major in criminal justice, social or behavioral science or related field. You must obtain certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (FCIC/NCIC) operator within six (6) months of appointment.

Benefits
The Sarasota County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through the Sarasota County Career Oppportunities page (https://scgov.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/SCGOV/job/Criminal-Justice-Center/Caseworker-II---Pretrial-Services_R13118). You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Position Type: Full-Time, Monday - Friday
Position Available: Immediately
Salary: $36,000/year + benefits

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is currently accepting resumes and applications for a full-time Drug Court Counselor vacancy.  This position requires experience in addictions and counseling, a minimum Bachelor's Degree.  Must be able to facilitate individual and group sessions.  We are seeking candidates that are professional and organized. A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background screening and reference checks is required. The successful candidate will be an employee of First Step of Sarasota, supervised by the Court and based in Sarasota. Weekly travel to Venice is required.  

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed

  • Ability to facilitate individual counseling and group sessions
  • Ability to counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction
  • Ability to maintain accurate documentation
  • Ability to develop treatment plans, psychosocial assessments and reports to the court

Apply
Apply directly through First Step's Career Page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. 

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call (941) 861-7811.

 

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center; Sarasota County Judicial Center 
Position Number: 010444; 010449
Position Available: Both positions available immediately
Annual Salary: salary effective 7/1/22 $55,764.52 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.
* Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification is required at the time of hire*

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has two openings for an Official Court Reporters, one to be based in Manatee County and one to be based in Sarasota County. The essential function of the position is to stenographically record felony court proceedings, provide Realtime to judges daily, and produce transcripts on a timely basis.  The position is responsible for reporting court proceedings, performing research and proofreading and editing reported proceedings in order to produce quality transcripts. The position works under the general supervision of the Court Reporting Manager. The position requires someone who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail and completes assignments timely. All Official Court Reporters are paid a monthly salary but are not paid appearance fees or for transcripts. However, a Luminex writer, laptop, maintenance of equipment, CAT software, and current updates are all provided.  

Examples of work performed 
·       Records court proceedings stenographically utilizing a Stenograph Luminex and Case Catalyst software;
·       Reads back segments of proceedings from either stenographic notes or Realtime translation;   
·       Transcribes and edits stenographic or Realtime notes to transcript form in compliance with applicable standards, regulations, and statutes;
·       Proofreads transcripts to verify correct spelling of names, places, medical, scientific, and legal terms; researches information as required to ensure accuracy of information;
·       Delivers transcripts electronically and backs up transcripts for archiving purposes;
·       Archives digital stenographic notes; maintains, updates, and edits personal dictionary; and maintains accurate logs of each day’s proceedings; 
·       Travels to courthouses within the circuit to perform duties, as may be required;  
·       Completes and submits statistical reports to designated personnel.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Needed
·       Ability to stenographically report using Case Catalyst software and Realtime technology;
·       Ability to hook up cables and troubleshoot with Realtime technology; 
·       Ability to record testimony at the standard required speed and accuracy;  
·       Ability to edit and translate stenographic notes, proofread transcripts, verify the correct spelling of names, places, and terms;
·       Ability to back up transcripts to archives; archive notes and dockets;
·       Ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers, government officials, and the public;  
·       Ability to work in fast-paced, automated environment with many interruptions;
·       In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position also calls for computer skills: the ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software. 

Qualifications
Associate's degree or the equivalent of two years of college or vocational school education in court reporting is required.    

Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Required
Requires a valid certificate as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) or higher.  Realtime Reporter capability is required, and Realtime certification is preferred.

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  
Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered.  If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate – you will not be required to submit a new application.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Contractual Opportunities

Contact Information

Human Resources Manager

  • Address: Judge Lynn N.
    Silvertooth Judicial Center
    PO Box 48927
    Sarasota, Florida 34230
  • Phone: (941) 861-7800
  • Fax: (941) 861-7904
  • Email: Human Resources

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