Employment opportunities

Official and District Court Reporters

Candidates for Official or District Court Reporter vacancies with the State of Wisconsin Court System must meet one of three minimum professional standards to be considered eligible for hire: (1) Graduation from a court reporting school approved by either the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA), or (2) Successful completion of the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination administered by the NCRA, or (3) Successful completion of the Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR) examination administered by the NVRA. Salary is based on level of qualification and documented previous court reporting experience. Wisconsin provides an excellent benefits package, including a retirement program; optional health, life and disability insurance; plus paid vacation, sick leave, personal days and holidays.

The court system's Human Resources Office maintains a roster of eligible court reporters who are interested in Official and/or District Court Reporter positions throughout the State of Wisconsin. For additional information about court reporter positions contact the Human Resources Office, Wisconsin Court System, 110 E. Main St., Ste. 430, Madison, WI 53703-3356; telephone (608) 266-9795; FAX: (608) 261-8293; 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Certain locations in the Wisconsin Circuit Courts have been selected for the use of (State-owned) digital audio recording equipment to take the record. In these locations a Digital Court Reporter operates in place of a stenographic or voice writing court reporter. Digital Court Reporter hiring qualifications are distinct from the qualifications for stenographic and voice writing reporters listed above.

Information on freelance court reporting services can be found down the page.

Current openings for District or Digital Court Reporter positions

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District 1 Digital Pool Court Reporter - 1546 (Milwaukee, WI)
District 1 Stenographer/Voice Writer Pool Court Reporter - 1545 (Milwaukee)
District 3 Court Reporter - 1559 (Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Washington, & Waukesha)
District 4 LTE Digital Court Reporter (Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette, Sheboygan, Waushara, & Winnebago)
District 10 Court Reporter - 1562 (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, & Washburn)


Current openings for Official Court Reporter permanent positions

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Official Court Reporter - First Judicial Administrative District
Milwaukee County, Branch 29, Judge Daniel Gabler
Full-time position
Contact: Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporting Services, (414) 278-3995
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporter Services, Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 609, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53233; fax (414) 223-1243; or e-mail tracy.klappenbach@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Official Court Reporter (Stenographic) - First Judicial Administrative District
Milwaukee County, Branch 30, Judge Jeffrey Conen
Full-time position
Contact: Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporting Services, (414) 278-3995
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume indicating the position to Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporter Services, Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 609, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53233; fax (414) 223-1243; or e-mail tracy.klappenbach@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Official Court Reporter (Digital or Stenographic) - First Judicial Administrative District
Milwaukee County, Branch 40, Judge-elect Danielle Shelton
Full-time position
Contact: Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporting Services, (414) 278-3995
For more information and how to apply, click here.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Official Court Reporter - Stenographic or Digital - Second Judicial Administrative District
Kenosha County, Branch 7, Judge Jodi Meier
Contact: Louis C. Moore, District Court Administrator, (262) 636-3133
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Louis C. Moore, Second Judicial District Court Administrator, Racine County Courthouse, 730 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI,53403-1238; fax (262) 636-3437; or e-mail louis.moore@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Official Court Reporters - Second Judicial Administrative District
Positions available in the following counties: Racine and Kenosha
Full-time positions available in the Fall of 2019
Contact: Louis C. Moore, District Court Administrator, (262) 636-3133
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Louis C. Moore, Second Judicial District Court Administrator, Racine County Courthouse, 730 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI,53403-1238; fax (262) 636-3437; or e-mail louis.moore@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Official Court Reporter - Third Judicial Administrative District
Part-time 40-50% job share position, court reporter will work Wednesday & Thursday with option of every other Friday
Washington County, Branch 3, Judge Todd Martens (20%) and Washington County, Branch 2, Judge James Muehlbauer (20-30%)
Contact: Judge Muehlbauer's Office at (262) 335-4345
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and current resume to Judge Jim Muehlbauer,Circuit Court Judge Branch 2, 432 E. Washington Street, P.O. Box 1986, West Bend, WI 53095; fax (262) 335-4776; or email lisa.polenske@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Official Court Reporter - Ninth Judicial District
Full-time position
Lincoln County, Branch 1, Judge Jay Tlusty
Contact: Susan Byrnes, District Court Administrator, at (715) 842-3872
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume indicating the position to: Ms. Susan Byrnes, Ninth District Court Administrator, 2100 Stewart Ave Ste. 310, Wausau, WI 54401; or email susan.byrnes@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Current openings for limited term positions

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District Court Reporter - First Judicial District
Positions available providing floating court reporter coverage in Milwaukee County.
Contact: Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporting Services, (414) 278-3995
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporter Services, Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 609, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53233; fax (414) 223-1243; or e-mail tracy.klappenbach@wicourts.gov
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Freelance court reporting services

Each of the nine judicial administrative districts of the Wisconsin Court System contracts separately for freelance court reporting services. Freelance reporters provide supplemental, contract services on an as needed basis and are not employees of the court system. Since freelance services are based on the needs of a specific judicial district, there is no guarantee of placement or assignment for freelance court reporters.

Court reporters who provide freelance services are not required to meet the eligibility requirements for hire as an official or district court reporter, however, an additional per diem is paid for court reporters who have passed a recognized certification exam.

If you are interested in exploring freelance assignments, please contact the District Court Administrator's Office of the district (see map) where you would be interested in providing service:

District 1 (Milwaukee County)
Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporter Services
(414) 278-3995
tracy.klappenbach@wicourts.gov

District 2
Louis Moore, District Court Administrator
(262) 636-3133
louis.moore@wicourts.gov

District 3
Michael Neimon, District Court Administrator
(262) 548-7210
michael.neimon@wicourts.gov

District 4
Jon Bellows, District Court Administrator
(920) 424-0028
jon.bellows@wicourts.gov

District 5
Theresa Owens, District Court Administrator
(608) 267-8820
theresa.owens@wicourts.gov

District 7
Patrick Brummond, District Court Administrator
(608) 785-9546
patrick.brummond@wicourts.gov

District 8
Thomas Schappa, District Court Administrator
(920) 448-4281
thomas.schappa@wicourts.gov

District 9
Susan Byrnes, District Court Administrator
(715) 842-3872
susan.byrnes@wicourts.gov

District 10
Don Harper, District Court Administrator
(715) 839-4826
don.harper@wicourts.gov

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