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Administrative Office of the Courts

Business Unit: 23200

Certified Court Monitor #00054388-23200, #00054390-23200, & #00054391-23200, Full-Time, Perm, in Albuquerque, NM

# of Positions: 3

Opening Date: 12-08-2021 - Close Date: --

Job Pay Range: EE: $12.947 - $21.039 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: $15.375 per hour

Prospectively, the New Mexico Judicial Branch is requiring full vaccination status as a condition of employment to being hired into the judiciary. Fully vaccinated means two weeks beyond the second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination or single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination, and if eligible, must have received the COVID-19 Booster.

The Second Judicial District Court is recruiting for three (3) full-time, classified, Certified Court Monitor #00054388-23200, #00054390-23200, & #00054391-23200 for the Court Reporter/Court Monitor Division in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The working days/hours are Monday through Friday: 8am to 5pm (subject to change or as assigned). GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under general supervision interprets information obtained from hearings and documents it into log notes. Ensures accurate, significant, and audio/digital recording of judicial proceedings. Typing Certification: A typing certification from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions with a typing proficiency score of at least 40 net words per minute is required. Call 843-1900 to schedule. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.

● The Certified Court Monitor is responsible for monitoring and recording judicial proceedings to provide litigants, attorneys, special commissioners, hearing officers, and judges access to the record for appellate review, trial preparation and preparation of orders.
● Operates and sets up an audio recording machine or a digital recording system and ensures recording equipment is working properly.
● Documents and time-stamps events by generating accurate log outlining pertinent events/appearances of the judicial proceeding and/or case notes and verifies recordings of proceedings are audible.
● Gathers, delivers, and files recordings, receipts for log and exhibits to provide accurate record keeping procedures.
● Accepts, maintains, and files court exhibits, which may include hazardous and/or dangerous items.
● Troubleshoots recording equipment, runs updates, and maintains technical logs.
● Responsible for retention of all case material and marks for identification logs, files, and safeguards evidence as a public, sequestered or sealed exhibit.
● Acts as a liaison between court personnel, litigants or attorneys, to advance court proceedings.
● Reviews court files, prepares hearings, and picks up all relevant files from judges and clerks.
● Conducts research utilizing computer retrieval system.
● Conducts training and certifications/re-certifications for other monitors/employees.
● Travels to other locations to record hearings.
● Drafts and prepares orders, legal correspondence and documents for judges, and sets hearings.
● May act as a Trial Court Administrative Assistant.
● May process appeals for the Court of Appeals.
● Trains on courtroom etiquette, FTR, quick keys, entering exhibits, voir dire and jury trial processes.
● Other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant should demonstrate knowledge of diverse types of hearings including domestic relations, domestic violence, child support, children’s court, mental health court, grand jury, out of district criminal arraignments, probation violations, etc. Legal abbreviations and terminologies; digital recording and word processing software; legal terminology; courtroom practices and procedures; the difference between providing information and legal advice; filing systems; maintaining exhibits during trial (can include guns, knives, drugs, drug paraphernalia, graphic photos, etc).

The following functions are representative, but not all-inclusive of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work is performed in an office or court setting. A valid driver's license and travel may be required. The assigned work schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, and judges and justices.

* This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed

● Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance Programs, employee assistance program (EAP) []
● State paid life insurance, supplemental and dependent life insurance
● Optional flexible spending accounts for medical, day-care, and travel expenses
● Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, up to eight (8) weeks
● Ten (10) paid holidays
● Up to twelve (12) weeks of paid parental leave
● Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
● Lifetime Defined Benefits Retirement Plan []
● Flexible work schedules and alternative work locations*
● Free health care, Rx, lab work at facility (Stay Well Health Center) in Santa Fe, NM
● Bilingual compensation*
● Training and career development opportunities
● Higher education opportunities and educational leave
● May qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
● May receive overtime holiday or shift differential pay*
● May receive physical fitness leave*

*these benefits vary by job classification or need*

  • Education: A high school diploma or GED.
  • Education Substitution: None.
  • Experience: One (1) year of experience in court case processing, a legal secretarial or related field such as advanced customer service, data processing, and banking/financial experience.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
  • Certification: Court Monitor Certification must be obtained within six (6) months of hire.
TO APPLY: Apply at or send application or resume supplemental form with proof of education to the below address (400 Lomas Location). Applications not including copies of information requested on the employment application will be rejected.

Application forms:
Microsoft Word Format
Adobe PDF Format

Resume Supplemental Forms:
Microsoft Word Format
Adobe PDF Format
State of New Mexico
Second Judicial District Court
Human Resource Office
400 Lomas Blvd. NW (Third Floor/Room 325)
Albuquerque, NM 87102


The Second Judicial District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applicants selected for an interview must notify the Human Resource Division of the need for an accommodation.