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The Practice of Court Reporting in Ontario

Did you know that Court Reporters in Ontario are represented by multiple industry associations? As long as there have been courts, there have been court reporters to write down what was said. No wonder such an old profession—also known as stenography—has diverse groups representing it.

The Chartered Shorthand Reporters’ Association of Ontario (“CSRAO”) is Ontario’s oldest stenographic reporting association, and is likely one of North America’s oldest, having been incorporated in 1891. Nine years later the United States formed the National Shorthand Reporters Association (“NCRA”). The Court Reporters’ Association of Ontario (“CRAO”) was founded in 1967 in Ontario as a not-for-profit corporation to create and keep up a high standard of professionalism in court reporting.

The practice of court reporting involves much more than just being court stenographer. According to the CRAO, court reporters are “duty bound to not only protect the integrity of the record, but to always remain impartial and maintain an arms-length, independent relationship from influence that may be put upon them.”

Great court reporters create consistent, reliable, and truthful transcripts that are relied upon in Ontario’s justice system every day. Court reporters have at least three certifications available to them:

  • Court reporters who are certified by the CRAO are required to pass a testing and certification process before they are granted “Certified Court Reporter” or “CCR” status.
  • The National Court Reporting Association (“NCRA”)’s Certified Realtime Reporter (“CRR”) designation requires applicants to transcribe a two-voice question and answer at 200 words per minute with a 96% accuracy.
  • The CSRAO offers certification based on the NCRA’s Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) knowledge and skill test, plus a Canadian knowledge test.

If you have questions about court reporting services, contact On the Record Court Reporting at (289) 638-2020 or at