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COURT STENOGRAPHER (GRAND JURY)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for taking and transcribing moderate to difficult verbatim accounts of testimony at grand jury proceedings. This is full performance level reporting of multi-person, grand jury hearings in which speakers do not adjust speech rates to the needs of the stenographer, nor is there opportunity to interrupt or repeat proceedings. New York State Judiciary Law requires that the employee take an oath of confidentiality given the nature of the work. An employee in this class does not typically exercise supervision. General supervision is received from a senior member of the District Attorney's legal staff. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Takes verbatim records of moderate to difficult grand jury proceedings involving a number of active participants using a stenograph machine.
Transcribes hearing notes using a computer aided transcription system following prescribed procedures concerning transcript form.
Proofreads transcripts to note spelling, typing, and punctuation errors.
Assembles pages of completed transcripts.
May perform clerical and stenographic tasks directly related to hearing work, or at lineups, debriefings, etc.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of speedwriting techniques with the use of a stenograph machine.
Good knowledge of proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Good knowledge of the meaning and use of specialized terms in proceedings recorded by the incumbent.
Good knowledge of the methods and procedures used in taking and transcribing testimony and materials presented during formal hearings.
Ability to code and decode dictated material.
Record verbatim two-voice dictation at a minimum speed of 200 words per minute.
Ability to determine setup and appropriate format for charts and tabular listings.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A. Two (2) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in general verbatim reporting; or,
B. Four (4) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in stenographic experience; or,
C. Possession of a certificate of completion of a course in court reporting; or,
D. An equivalent combination of experience as defined by (A) and (B).
NOTE: Section 322 of the Judiciary Law of New York State requires that candidates must be residents of Onondaga County at time of appointment.