Court Transcription Course – FAQS

An ACT is an independent Authorized Court Transcriptionist who transcribes and certifies transcripts of Ontario in-court proceedings from audio recordings. ACTs must be a) trained and qualified to transcribe court recordings, and b) a member of the List of Authorized Court Transcriptionists for Ontario.

The List of Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) for Ontario is administered and maintained by an independent service provider, Arkley Professional Services, and is available online at:  www.courttranscriptontario.ca.  Arkley charges an annual fee of CAD $375 (tax included) to belong on this list. 

ACTs are authorized to transcribe Ontario in-court proceedings from audio recordings produced by a court reporter. There are three main categories of provincial courts in Ontario from which ACTs may derive work: the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Within each of these are various divisions for handling different types of proceedings.

ACTs are not required to be in court. Once they receive the audio files, they can produce the transcript from anywhere.

ACTs are entitled to fees for transcripts as set out in Ontario Regulation 94/14 under the Administration of Justice Act.

Service

Fee

To transcribe all or part of a recording and produce a first certified copy of a transcript

$4.30 per page or $20.00, whichever is greater

To transcribe all or part of a recording and produce a first certified copy of a transcript, to be provided within five business days

$6.00 per page or $20.00, whichever is greater

To transcribe all or part of a recording and produce a first certified copy of a transcript, to be provided within 24 hours

$8.00 per page or $20.00, whichever is greater

For any additional certified copy of the transcript, in printed format

$.55 per page or $20.00, whichever is greater

For an electronic copy of the transcript, requested at the same time as a request for item 1, 2, 3 or 4

No charge

For an electronic copy of the transcript, requested at any other time

$20.00

The Ministry of Attorney General (MAG) sets the training and qualification standards for transcript production of Ontario in-court proceedings based on legislation, regulation, policy, and practice direction. Verbatim Studies designs the curriculum based on these standards.

There are no academic prerequisites for this course; however, students must be 18 years of age or older to take this course. It is recommended that students have experience using Microsoft Word as well as a typing speed of 50+ words per minute. Students should also be comfortable with the English language and possess good listening and comprehension skills.

Monday November 18, 2019. Registration will open September 9.

The course is 14 weeks in length. 

Classes are delivered live online every Monday, from 6-9pm ET.

With the exception of the final exam, all classes for this course will be held online. All students must attend the final exam in person at the school.

This is a Pass/Fail course. In order to pass the course, students must achieve a minimum of 98% accuracy on the in-person final exam. The final exam must be written in person at the school. There are no re-writes or make-ups for the exam.

Students will need a reliable internet connection. With the exception of the final exam, all classes for this course will be held online. Live online lectures will be delivered through the School’s web conferencing tool ClickMeeting. Please see some of the Frequently Asked Questions under “Getting Started” for more information about bandwidth and device support: http://knowledge.clickmeeting.com/faq/

Students taking this course will require a laptop with the following hardware and software:

Students can register online. For more information, visit the Registration section on our website.

Students who withdraw at least 10 business days prior to the start of the first class will be refunded their full tuition, minus a $50 administration fee. For withdrawal requests received between 1—9 business days prior to the start of the first class, students will be refunded 75% of their tuition. Once the course begins, no refunds will be issued.