Court Reporting Services

A court reporter is the silent person in the courtroom who is responsible for making a full stenographic report of the evidence and all other proceedings presented in the trial court.

The primary function of a court reporter is to make a verbatim record of all testimony in a court proceeding and, upon request, produce a written transcript of the proceeding. The reporter must be an excellent grammarian and speller, and must be adept at vocabulary - particularly legal, medical, and technical terminology.

Qualifications for Official Court Reporters in the State of Illinois include: (1) the reporter must be a resident of the State of Illinois; (2) the reporter must possess a Certified Shorthand Reporters Certificate issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations; and (3) the reporter must pass a proficiency examination administered by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.

Official Court Reporters are employed by the State of Illinois, and their salaries are established by Court Reporting Services for the Illinois Courts.

Currently, there are 652 authorized Official Court Reporter positions in the State; 321 are assigned to Cook County and the remaining 331 are assigned to the downstate circuits. The allocation of Court Reporters to each circuit is determined by the Court Reporting Services for the Illinois Courts. The Second Judicial Circuit is authorized to employ 15 reporters.

Links relating to court reporters:

Illinois Official Court Reporters - http://www.illinoisofficialcourtreporters.com/
Illinois Comptroller's Office - http://www.ioc.state.il.us/library/courtreporters.cfm
Illinois Court Reporters Association - http://www.ilcra.org/
National Court Reporters Association - http://www.ncraonline.org/
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation - https://www.idfpr.com/

Court Reporting Supervisor

Karen E. Crisel 
Email: kec22@jeffil.us
Office Location
Jefferson County Justice Center 
911 Casey Avenue 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618.244.8036

Official Reporter

Traci Ackman 
Office Location
Crawford County Courthouse 
Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: 618.544.7471

Official Reporter

Brenda K. Wood
Office Location
Gallatin County Courthouse 
Shawneetown, IL 62984
Phone: 618.269.3140

Official Reporter

Amy Richardson
Office Location 
Franklin County Courthouse 
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: 618.438.6003

Official Reporter

 

Official Reporter

Robin O'Neal
Office Location
Richland County Courthouse 
Olney, IL 62450
Phone: 618.392.3421

Official Reporter

Crystal Garman Baker 
Office Location
Wayne County Courthouse 
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618.842.4926

Official Reporter

Stacy Wilson 
Office Location
Wayne County Courthouse 
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618.842.4926

Official Reporter

Kelly LeMay 
Office Location
Jefferson County Courthouse 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618.244.8005
Phone: 618.244.8006

Official Reporter

Cindy S. Simmons 
Office Location
Jefferson County Courthouse 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618.244.8005
Phone: 618.244.8006

Official Reporter

Leslee Copple 
Office Location
Franklin County Courthouse
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: 618.438.6003

Official Reporter

Katie Schroeder 
Office Location
Jefferson County Courthouse 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618.244.8005
Phone: 618.244.8006

Official Reporter

Sylvia Harrawood 
Office Location
Wabash County Courthouse 
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
Phone: 618.262.4216

Official Reporter

Andrea Murphy
Office Location
Jefferson County Courthouse
Mt. Vernon, IL  62864
Phone:  618.244.8005

Official Reporter

Erika Darnold
Office Location
Lawrence County Courthouse
Lawrenceville, IL  62439
Phone:  618.943.4421

Official Reporter

Christy Gorden
Office Location
Franklin County Courthouse
Benton, IL  62812
Phone:  618.438.6003