Court Reporter Shortage has led to 'Buyer Beware'
Toronto’s George Brown College used to offer a course, but when the Ontario government announced it was going to replace court reporters with digital recorders in the 1990s, prospective students questioned the viability of a career in court reporting. “In the end, the government’s initiative was fought by both court reporting associations as well as many law associations, but George Brown’s course suffered as a result. The industry never fully recovered,” she says. “Here we are in 2018, and experienced, accredited reporters are of a certain vintage. If we don’t have any new blood coming into the profession, where does that leave us?” With a skill-set shortage in the marketplace, people are hiring inexperienced court reporters or transcribers. While it may seem sufficient to have someone.....MORE