Digital Legal Monitor/Court Reporter – FAQs

A digit monitor is a type of court reporter who uses audio equipment to record in-court or pre-trial proceedings. These audio recordings are usually accompanied by notes or annotations taken during the proceeding to help facilitate the transcription work afterward. A digital monitor is also responsible for all of the duties of a court reporter, including marking exhibits, swearing in witnesses, and providing playbacks.

The majority of digital monitors will find work in pre-trial proceedings. These proceedings are typically held in a law office or in the boardroom of a court reporting agency. The purpose of pre-trial is to examine witnesses and obtain information about the opposing party’s evidence before trial begins. In provinces where digital monitors are hired as official court reporters for the courts, you may also find work as a government employee. Note that this course will focus primarily on pre-trial work.

As a freelance digital monitor, you can expect an average hourly rate of $20-25. If you work for the courts, you will be a government employee and receive an annual salary (this varies from province to province so it is best to check the job postings in your area of residence).

There are no academic prerequisites for this course; however, students must be 18 years of age or older to take this course. We recommend that students taking this course should be comfortable with the English language and possess good listening and comprehension skills.

This course accepts rolling enrolments. Students can register at any time and begin the course right away.

While this course is designed to be taken in 4 weeks, students will have access to the course for 4 months. Students can write the final exam at any time during these 4 months.

This course is delivered online through the School’s learning management system (LMS), which will contain all of the readings, resources, and coursework. Students can work at their own pace through the course material during the 4-month timeframe.

This is a Pass/Fail course.  In order to pass the course, students must achieve a minimum of 70% on the final exam.  Students who do not pass the course have the option of rewriting the exam with a $100 retake fee.

As this course is delivered online, students must have a personal computer with access to the internet.

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

There are no refunds for this course. In accordance with the School’s registration policies, “once the course begins, no refunds will be issued.” As this course accepts rolling enrolments, the course begins the moment you complete your registration and submit payment – you will be granted access to the course on the same day or next business day.