This Could Be You! - Military Court Reporter

January 16, 2020 - Defence Stories

Are you a PO1/WO or PO2/Sgt looking to change occupation? The Office of the Chief Military Judge (CMJ) is looking for CAF members to become military court reporters.

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The Office of the Chief Military Judge (CMJ) is looking for CAF members at the rank of PO1/WO or PO2/Sgt to become military court reporters, with training to begin as soon as possible.

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Military Judge Cdr Peter J. Lamont (retired) and PO1 Daniel Cockburn.

What is a court reporter?

The court reporter provides administrative services at courts martial and produces a record of proceedings of every court martial. A court reporter is an official witness to a legal proceeding who can accurately relate what was said by all actors present during the proceedings. He/she is a neutral observer whose records become the official record of the proceedings.

What is a court martial?

A Court martial is a formal military court presided over by an independent military judge. These tribunals are similar in nature to civilian criminal courts, with the exception that it is the court that travels wherever the CAF is deployed.

What would you be doing as a court reporter?

Because the court reporter is the on-site procedural expert and source of professional knowledge, he/she is required to travel to the location of the trial prior to its commencement. During the trial, the court reporter captures the words spoken during the proceedings and is responsible to log, control and secure all exhibits filed with the court proceedings while acting as the judicial assistant to the military judge. Upon conclusion of the trial, the court reporter prepares a transcript of the proceedings obtained from the recording, including the creation of a judicial decision which is posted on the website.

What skills do you need and who can apply?

The applicants must be skilled at transcribing speech from recording.  Becoming a court reporter requires commitment of time and effort.  The formal on-the-job training is delivered in Gatineau (Québec) at the Office of the CMJ and takes approximately 6 months to achieve certification.

Court reporter positions are filled through a continuous voluntary occupation transfer (OT) process that is open to all occupations and members can apply any time during the year. The entry standards include a valid bilingual language profile of "CCC" or higher; however, as the occupation is currently below the Preferred Manning Level (PML), potential candidates who do not meet the language profile are eligible for consideration.

PO1/WO or PO2/Sgt with at least 3 years seniority in rank (PO2/Sgts will be promoted to PO1/WO upon completion of certification) who have a minimum medical category of 432335 and keyboarding skills of 40 wpm with comprehensive grammar and spelling skills in either official language are eligible to apply. 

Court reporters are posted to the Office of the CMJ which is located at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau (Québec).

Additional information is available by contacting the Deputy Court Martial Administrator, Mr. Michel Saindon at Michel.saindon@forces.gc.ca, or 819-994-7540.

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