By Michel Saindon, Office of the Chief Military Judge –
The Office of the Chief Military Judge (CMJ) is looking for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members at the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class / Warrant Officer (PO1/WO) or Petty Officer 2nd Class / Sergeant (PO2/Sgt) to become military Court Reporters, with training to begin as soon as possible.
What is a Court Martial?
Courts Martial are formal military courts presided over by independent military judges. These tribunals are similar in nature to civilian criminal courts, with the exception that it is the court that travels wherever the CAF is deployed.
What is a Court Reporter?
The Court Reporter provides administrative services at Courts Martial and produces a record of proceedings of every Court Martial. A Court Reporter is an official witness to a legal proceeding who can accurately relate what was said by all actors present during the proceedings. He/she is a neutral observer whose records become the official record of the proceedings.
What is the Court Reporter’s job?
Because the Court Reporter is the onsite procedural expert and source of professional knowledge, he/she is required to travel to the location of the trial prior to its commencement. During the trial, the Court Reporter captures the words spoken during the proceedings and is responsible to log, control and secure all exhibits filed with the court proceedings while acting as the judicial assistant to the Military Judge. Upon conclusion of the trial, the Court Reporter prepares a transcript of the proceedings obtained from the recording, including the creation of a judicial decision which is posted on the website.
What are the Court Reporter’s skills and who can apply?
Court Reporters must be skilled at transcribing speech from recording. Becoming a Court Reporter requires a commitment of time and effort. The formal On-The-Job Training is delivered in Gatineau (Québec) at the Office of the CMJ. The training takes approximately six months to achieve certification.
Court Reporter positions are filled through a continuous voluntary Occupation Transfer (OT) process that is open to all Occupations and members can apply any time during the year. The entry standards include a valid bilingual language profile of “CCC” or higher; however, as the Occupation is currently below the Preferred Manning Level (PML), potential candidates who do not meet the language profile are eligible for consideration.
PO1/WO or PO2/Sgt with at least three years seniority in rank (PO2/Sgts will be promoted to PO1/WO upon completion of certification) who have a minimum medical category of 432335 and keyboarding skills of 40 wpm with comprehensive grammar and spelling skills in either Official Language are eligible to apply.
Court Reporters are posted to the Office of the CMJ which is located at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau (Québec).
Additional information is available by contacting the Deputy Court Martial Administrator, Mr. Michel Saindon.
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