The need for court reporting in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington – and indeed in all of Ontario – has increased as independent arbitrations are becoming a very important and popular part of the legal process. Often referred to as “alternative dispute resolution”, it is an alternative to the civil court system.
Arbitration is a process where each party tells his or her side of the dispute to an arbitrator – a neutral third party officially appointed to settle a dispute. Both sides agree to accept the decision of the arbitrator, even if they do not agree with the decision itself. As such, they agree on a process, not necessarily on the result of that process. Once the arbitrator makes a decision, both parties must accept it as final.
Each side may present witnesses and documents as evidence to support their facts, and make arguments to support the outcome they desire. Both sides should consult with a lawyer or arbitrator to determine the procedure that would work best for their situation. Typically the lawyers or the individuals themselves work out the details of the procedure to be followed with the arbitrator prior to commencement of proceedings. The law allows a lot of choice as to the appropriate procedure; however, it must be fair to both parties.
Private resolutions are less formal than civil court proceedings, and may help to make both parties more at ease. They are also less expensive which is a significant benefit for those involved. In addition, taking a matter to a private arbitration will take less time and will result in a quicker final decision than civil court proceedings. These proceedings are confidential – the courts and the government are not informed about these unless a further dispute is brought before the courts for resolution. This is particularly desirable when the details of dispute are potentially sensitive for either party.
Of course court reporters are key to this process. Verbatim real-time documentation of the dispute resolution is crucial in assisting the arbitrator to come to a final decision. Court reporters are duty bound to protect the integrity of the record, and to always remain impartial and maintain an arms-length, independent relationship with all parties.
Arbitration can be a very stressful undertaking, however, you can rest assured that you will experience only the utmost professionalism and confidentiality from On the Record Court Reporting. Our goal is to provide every one of our clients with the best possible experience using our services. Our facilities consist of three modern and well-equipped boardrooms with seating for ten, eight, or six people. We also offer full catering for the proceedings, as well as break out areas where you and your clients can discuss matters confidentially.
On The Record also offers on-location or off-site court reporters. When looking for court reporting near Ajax, Ontario, look no further than On the Record Court Reporting to ensure that all of your needs are met, and have peace of mind.