Federal Court Reporter
Case administrators are the “face” of the court to much of the public and attorneys who practice in the court. Individuals join this staff position and train on the job. They may:
- maintain and process case information;
- manage the progression of civil and criminal cases from opening to final disposition;
- review court documents for conformity with federal and local rules; and
- prepare cases for closing by ensuring that all necessary court orders are entered and proceedings are completed accurately and on time.
Case processing procedures for case administrators are well defined but take some time to learn. Good customer service skills and ease with word processing and automation systems and equipment are important skills for this job.
Courtroom Deputies assist judges in processing and managing court proceedings in an orderly fashion, and manage a judge’s caseload. Efficient court operations help create positive public impressions about our federal courts.
In their varied duties, they may:
- serve as a courtroom manager, making sure court business happens in an efficient and timely manner;
- perform a wide variety of administrative tasks such as calendaring, distributing and monitoring deadlines, preparing minutes of proceedings, processing orders, and filing important documents;
- perform electronic court recording operator duties — attending, recording, and logging court proceedings;
- coordinate set-up of courtrooms and manage and organize exhibits used in proceedings;
- keep judges informed of case progress and support the judge in jury selection;
- schedule court reporters and interpreters;
- answer questions from the public and the judge;
- maintain contact with counsel during deliberations; and
- advise the jury clerk about case requirements and jury needs.
Excellent organizational skills, sound judgment and an understanding of how the courtroom works are key in this position.
Language skills are prized in the federal courts. Highly qualified interpreters in court proceedings involving non-English speakers help ensure that justice is carried out fairly for defendants and other stakeholders. Interpreters’ work allows defendants to hear the evidence, assist in their own defense, confront witnesses, and communicate effectively with court staff during court proceedings and trials.