COURT REPORTER (IRREGULAR ON-CALL)
Ministry of the Attorney General
Hamilton, ON
Consider these unique opportunities working for the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Superior and Ontario Court of Justice as a Court Reporter, where you will provide certified, verbatim recordings of all court proceedings.

Please Note: you will work zero to 36.25 hours per week, depending on operational requirements, with no guaranteed hours.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:
  • ensure the effective operation of ministry approved court-recording devices
  • make annotations to the court record in accordance with Ministry Annotation Standards for Digital Recordings
  • ensure the security of the court recordings, safeguarding against unauthorized access or copying
  • ensure quality of audio recording to ascertain and verify all contents of recordings
  • speak publically during court proceedings to seek clarification and to ensure audio is being recorded clearly
  • process documentation filed in court (example: Factums, copies of exhibits)
  • prepare and maintain courtroom for proceedings (example: posting dockets, providing court dates, opening and closing court, administering oaths)
  • respond to inquires and provide instruction to clients via telephone, in person or via correspondence (example: email) relating to the recording of proceedings
How do I qualify?

Technical Knowledge:You have:
  • an understanding of courtroom decorum and protocol as well as court practices, procedures and directives to prepare and maintain the courtroom for proceedings
  • the ability to acquire knowledge of legal terminology
  • the ability to interpret and apply relevant sections of federal and provincial legislation defining the recording of court proceedings and the types of proceedings (example: Criminal Code of Canada and Provincial Offences Act)
  • the ability to acquire knowledge and apply understanding of manuals, policies, procedures, guidelines and standards (example: Courtroom Procedures Manual, Ministry Annotation Standards for Digital Recordings) pertaining to the recording of proceedings
Communication, Interpersonal and Client Service Skills:
  • you have listening and comprehension skills to ensure an accurate and complete recording of proceedings
  • you can provide professional, responsive and accessible customer and client service
  • you can remain composed and provide information/instruction to a variety of stakeholders (example: judiciary, counsel, police, court staff and the general public) in a courteous and respectful manner
  • you can address small to large groups of individuals in a public setting (example: opening and closing court, administering oaths)
  • you can prepare a variety of written documents (example: routine correspondence to clients, forms and orders)
Organizational Skills and Attention to Detail:You have:
  • accurate keyboarding skills to annotate court proceedings
  • the ability to organize and prioritize your workload and to respond to unforeseen demands
  • experience working independently and in a team environment
Problem Solving and Judgment Skills:
  • you have demonstrated problem solving skills in order to identify, address, resolve or refer clients' problems and concerns
  • you can maintain confidentiality and security for all recordings
  • you can use tact to interrupt and clarify court proceedings and to ensure an accurate and complete recording
Computer and Digital Recording Skills:You have:
  • the ability to operate and troubleshoot digital recording equipment and related software (example: Liberty Court Recorder, Liberty Court Player) to ensure the proper recording and annotation of court proceedings, provide playback upon request of the court and resolve operational and technical issues
  • proficiency with word processing and email software (example: MS Word, Outlook) to prepare correspondence and court papers as well as input and access information
Court Services Division is committed to a diverse, respectful and professional workplace that reflects OPS values.

Additional Information:Address:
5 Temporary - Irregular On-Call, duration up to 12 months, 45 Main St E, Hamilton, West Region or 55 Main St W, Hamilton, West Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Understanding the job ad - definitionsSchedule: 3
Category: Administrative and Support Services
Posted on: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Note:
In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service).

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
As detailed in Article 6.1.2 of the OPSEU Collective agreement, the results of this competition may be used to fill future vacancies within 125 kilometres of the listed work location and within 14 months following the closing date of this posting.