Court Reporter

Ministry of Justice

  • Wellington

National Transcription Service, Ministry of Justice, Wellington CBD

A unique perspective on the justice system - making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga - About the role

An accurate record is often at the heart of the justice system, and transcription is an essential part of that. The National Transcription Service (NTS) has a focus on efficiently servicing the transcription needs of courts and tribunals through specialist digital recording technology.

In the demanding role of NTS Court Reporter, no two days are the same. You will be exposed to unique situations in a changeable and fast-paced work environment as you transcribe a variety of court and other cases, across a range of jurisdictions. You will be part of a national network from within a supportive local team; working together to transcribe audio recorded anywhere in the country.

He pūkenga tou - Skills and experience

To be successful in the role you will need the following:

  • An accurate audio-typing base speed of 70 or more words per minute (wpm) with the expectation this will increase with training in the use of smart transcription tools
  • A high standard of written English (comprehension, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and grammar)
  • Fully competent in a Windows based environment (particularly MSWord) - with the ability to learn new systems and navigate through multiple applications
  • Composure under pressure: adaptable and able to productively, but safely, self-manage in an often-changeable environment
  • Experience in a detailed focused/quality driven environment
  • The ability to understand and apply legal protocols and court procedures
  • The ability to handle upsetting content
  • The ability to research/ learn complex terminology (e.g. legal/medical/scientific/industrial)
  • Excellent, customer-focused decision making

While previous transcription experience may be desirable, this role would suit someone with great computer skills who is interested in experiencing a unique window into the legal world and justice sector.

Bring your excellent typing skills, your adaptability, attention-to-detail, perseverance and unflappable nature and we'll teach you everything else you need to know.

Mō te tīma - About our team

At Te Tāhū o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice, we're committed to working together for a fair and safe Aotearoa.

Creating a continuous learning environment is important to us. As the successful applicant, you will bring your thirst for knowledge and improvement. You will have an individual training plan and be supported to carry out the role.

As an organisation we support our people with building their wellbeing knowledge and understanding offering a range of wellbeing tools and support.

Being such a large and diverse organisation, we can offer you great career challenges, roles and opportunities.

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It's our promise to ensure our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture and one where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

Tono mai - How to apply

To apply, click the 'apply' button below to be directed to our careers website. You can view a detailed position description here, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

Salary range

The remuneration band for this role is $50,128 to $70,768 - while the appointing salary will be based on skills and experience, we are willing to pay higher in the band to attract strong candidates into this role.

Applications close on Wednesday, 6 July 2022.

Our Ministry's top priority is the safety and wellbeing of its employees. We have a comprehensive range of health and safety protocols already in place across all our worksites to help keep our people safe from the effects of COVID-19. We strongly encourage and support all our people to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Our current policy position is that vaccination is not a prerequisite for employment. However, while employed by Te Tāhū you will be bound by all policies, procedures and rules which are in effect at the time. This includes any future changes to our vaccination requirements.

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