Court reporters record and transcribe verbatim the proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies and committees, and prepare transcripts for use by judges, tribunals and quasi-judicial panels. They are employed by courts of law, provincial and federal legislative assemblies and committees, or they may be self-employed. Medical transcriptionists record, transcribe and edit dictation by physicians and other health care providers, surgical proceedings, health-related reports and other medical documentation. They are employed by hospitals, medical clinics and doctors’ offices, or they may be self-employed. Closed captioners and other transcriptionists are included in this unit group.

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Example titles

  • Closed captioner
  • Court reporter
  • Hansard reporter
  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Transcriptionist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Court reporters

  • Record verbatim proceedings of courtroom using electronic stenograph machine or stenomask
  • Respond to requests during court sessions to read back verbatim evidence
  • Transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats
  • Verify accuracy of transcripts by checking copy against original record of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judge
  • Research and locate quotes to ensure accuracy
  • Respond to requests for transcripts ordered by judges, lawyers or the public
  • File and store shorthand notes of court session.

Medical transcriptionists

  • Transcribe recorded dictation in accordance with established formats or written documentation from medical reports, correspondence, health records and patient information
  • Proofread work for typographical and grammatical errors
  • Edit transcripts for missing or incorrect content and formatting.

Employment requirements

  • Court reporters require completion of secondary school.
  • Completion of a college or other program in court reporting is usually required and the Chartered Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certificate may be required for court reporters.
  • Medical transcriptionists require completion of secondary school.
  • Completion of a recognized medical transcription program is usually required and the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) certificate may be required for medical transcriptors.

Additional information

  • There is some mobility between occupations in this unit group and other occupations requiring similar knowledge of legal or medical terminology, such as legal or medical administrative positions.

Exclusions

  • Legal administrative assistants (1242)
  • Medical administrative assistants (1243)

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