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Become a Court Reporter today!

Earn the income of a Registered Nurse without setting foot in a hospital!

Our labor union – SEIU Local 721 – represents thousands of Court Reporters in Courts throughout Southern California, including the LA Superior Court.

We fought hard for additional State dollars to recruit and retain Court Reporters. At the LA Superior Court, these include:

  • A Signing Bonus of $20,000 for New Hires ($10K after the first pay period, $5K after the one-year anniversary, $5K after the two-year anniversary)
  • A Retention Bonus of $17,500 ($2.5K if still employed full-time as of May 2023, $5K if still employed full-time as of May 2024, $10K if still employed full-time as of May 2025)
  • A Finder’s Fee of $15,000 for any Court employee who refers a Court Reporter candidate ($5K after orientation, $5K after the six-month anniversary, $5K after the one-year anniversary)
  • A Retention Bonus of $10,000 for Employees with 25+ Years ($2.5K each quarter for one year)
  • A Student Loan and Equipment Allowance of up to $27,500 ($7.5K initial payment and $5K each year for four years after that)
  • A Floater Bonus (5% per pay period for Court Reporters specifically assigned to the Floater Pool)

Compensation for Court Reporters is akin to that of RNs at local LA County hospitals for good reason. Court Reporters play a vital part of our justice system by ensuring accurate transcripts for all Court litigants – as well as journalists, historians and many others who eventually come to rely on this critical documentation.

So, don’t delay. Apply here!

Good luck to everyone … and, together, we win!

Latest News

Union Members Defeat SB 662, the Electronic Recording Expansion Bill – Next Court Reporter Meeting on Jan. 26 - Good news! Union Court Reporters in California defeated an attempt to expand faulty electronic recording in Superior Courthouses. SB 662 (Rubio) was held on suspense in the State Senate, which means it will fail to make it out of its house of origin. SB 662 was a bill introduced by … Read More
LA Superior Court Reporters: An update and a request to send our stories - Last week was a big success for us at the LA Superior Court AND for Court Reporters throughout California. Our rally outside the LA Superior Court building created a big buzz at the Civic Center. We got big headlines on Ch. 7 Eyewitness News, on Univisión 34 and in LAist, … Read More
LA Superior Court Reporters rally for jobs at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, reminding media and public: “The money is already there” - Court Reporters from the LA Superior Court joined legislative and labor allies for a press conference directly outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown LA yesterday afternoon, determined to prevent litigants from having to pay for their own Court Reporter services in Family Court and Probate Court, as well as … Read More


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June 28, 2022
Legislation – SB 154, California State Legislature
Section 30 of SB 154 added language specifying that funds previously allocated toward hiring Court Reporters that those dollars also could be used to recruit and retain.
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September 24, 2021
Legislation – SB 170, California State Legislature
Section 30 of SB 170 allocated $30 million for Court Reporters statewide to be hired in Family Law and Civil Law.
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LA Daily News
Court reporter cuts hit civil cases

San Diego Union-Tribune 1.25.2023 Opinion: California has a compensation crisis, not a court reporter shortage

The Recorder
Labor Union, Judicial Leaders Draw Battle Lines on Future of Court Reporters

Univisión 34 Los Angeles
Corte Superior de Los Ángeles ya no proporcionará taquígrafos judiciales gratuitos para algunos casos

A Shortage of Court Reporters A Shortage of Court Reporters In LA Means That Some People Will Have To Pay For Their Own

Ch. 7 Eyewitness News
Public will have to find and pay court reporters in LA Superior Court