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Hearing Reporter (1229)

Hearing Reporter

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: CD20
  • Class Code: 1229
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 03/30/1978
  • Title Changed: 07/23/1981


Under direction, to record in shorthand or machine shorthand writing and transcribe verbatim accounts of proceedings, hearings, and other meetings; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Takes verbatim accounts of conferences, hearings, proceedings, trials, and other formal or informal meetings in shorthand or machine shorthand writing; properly identifies speakers and notes the introduction of exhibits and other matters; takes depositions and the testimony of witnesses on a variety of subject matter within a number of fields of work; transcribes notes on a typewriter or redictates on dictating equipment for transcription by a transcriber; frequently working to meet fixed deadlines, prepares a complete transcript of evidence and testimony; frequently travels to various locations to record proceedings and hearings; appears before quasijudicial bodies or other formal groups to read shorthand notes; takes and transcribes dictated summaries of minutes of meetings, and performs incidental related clerical and stenographic work.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Either


1.One year of experience taking and transcribing verbatim accounts of conferences, hearings, proceedings, trials, and other formal meetings in shorthand or machine shorthand writing; or


2.Possession of a State of California License as a Certified Shorthand Reporter; or


3.Possession of a Certificate of Proficiency or a Certificate of Merit issued by the National Shorthand Reporters' Association (NSRA). (Completion of eighteen months of full-time study at a school specializing in Hearing Reporter training may be substituted for not more than half of the required experience under Pattern I.)

Knowledge and Abilities

A wide knowledge of: Grammar and spelling and possession of vocabulary; legal, medical, and other technical terminology; customary hearing procedures. Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; take dictation at the rate of 200 words per minute in shorthand or machine shorthand writing; record hearings verbatim continuously for several hours, and transcribe notes with skill, speed, and accuracy after an interval of time; type at a rate of not less than fifty net words a minute; dictate accurately and clearly from notes; adapt to changing situations and maintain a calm and even disposition under trying circumstances; follow oral and written directions.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to travel throughout the State, poise, and normal hearing.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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