The Second Circuit is pleased to announce that the free “First Steps” Introduction to Court Reporting Classes will be offered at two locations within the Circuit for those interested in a career in court reporting. The Illinois Court Reporting Services (ILCRS) launched a website in 2019 to introduce the class and since that time, the interest in learning more about this career field has grown. The free classes will be led by Second Circuit Court Reporter Supervisor Amy Scott and taught by local Second Circuit Reporters. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the career from experienced, working reporters including how to get started, benefits, and the employment opportunities. Participants will also have a chance to be hands-on with a steno writer, the equipment utilized by reporters. You do not have to have a college degree to be a court reporter, rather you must gain proficiency on the steno writer and pass the state licensing exam.
ILCRS is the administrative office which oversees court reporting services, policies, and procedures for Illinois trial courts under the direction of the Chief Circuit Judges. Second Circuit Chief Judge Melissa Morgan stated that there is a statewide shortage of court reporters, and the Second Circuit is no exception. Chief Judge Morgan stated, “There is a high demand for court reporters now and when you consider that approximately one-third of current reporters are eligible for retirement, that demand will only increase. I appreciate Supervisor Scott for her efforts in bringing this program to our area, as well as, the reporters who will serve as instructors, and I am hopeful that these classes can spark interest in this career path.”
The first class has been scheduled for Saturday, April 15, at 10:00 am at the Wayne County Courthouse in Fairfield, IL, with an additional class scheduled for Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 am at the Crawford County Courthouse in Robinson, IL. Anyone interested in attending must register at ilcrs.com. There is limited availability. Additional information can be found on ilcrs.com or by contacting the Office of the Chief Judge at 618-244-8036.