60 Seconds with CPO2 Jean-François Piché, Senior Court Clerk-Reporter, Office of the Chief Military Judge

Video / January 16, 2020


Et maintenant je vais faire le Défi 60 Secondes. I'm realizing that the paper is all outside the bowl while I'm saying this.

Good day, I'm Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Piché. I'm a military court reporter. If you are interested in the trade, it is open for recruiting, so you may give me a call after this video and I will answer your questions. And I'm here to do the 60 Seconds Challenge.

1. Name one important quality to be successful in your trade.

Every court martial comes with its share of challenges, so I would say be able to think on your feet.

2. Why did you decide to become a court reporter?

I was always interested in the military justice system, so now I'm part of it.

3. What are the prerequisite skills to become a court reporter in the Canadian Armed Forces?

The rank. You need to be a warrant officer or a sergeant with three years of experience, ready to be promoted once qualified. You need to be able to type at least 40 words a minute and you need a language profile. You should be bilingual, but when the trade is in the red, the language profile can be waived.

4. What is your working environment?

When we're not in the office, we're in a court room somewhere across the country or it could be overseas.

5. What's the difference between being a court reporter in the CAF versus a civilian court reporter?

What they do is mostly transcripts, but in the military, yes, we do that in the office, but when we're in court, we're court clerk. We get to manage court staff, manage the presence of media, and all that good stuff.

That's it.

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