Featured Court Reporter

Lisa has been a certified court reporter for over 30 years. Currently, Lisa is certified under the National Court Reporters’ Association as a Certified Realtime Reporter, Certified CART Provider (Communication Access Translation for persons who are deaf of hard of hearing), Registered Professional Reporter, and Chartered Shorthand Reporter of Ontario and writes at speeds of upwards of 300 wpm constistently.

When she started, Lisa was the youngest court reporter at the District Court at 361 University Avenue in downtown Toronto. Lisa cut her teeth doing criminal jury trials and civil trials. She has spent 18 years in the Ministry reporting on trials in Toronto, Newmarket, Barrie and has the immense honour of reporting on the longest criminal jury trial in the history of Canada, which was two years. “I provided realtime to the hearing impaired defendant otherwise he would not have been able to fully understand the proceedings and have full accessibility.”

Lisa’s two older sisters both took court reporting, which inspired Lisa to get into the field at 19 years of age when she started court reporting school. Neither of her older sisters were able to get their speed to the required levels.

When asked about her favourite part of being a court reporter, Lisa says, “Hands down, I love the challenge. I love the steno machine and pressing those plastic keys every day at super-fast speeds and nailing it! What a great feeling! Writing realtime is intense, like being a concert pianist and hitting a wrong key. Everyone can “see” your mistake. She recommends all reporters should hone their skills to be able to do realtime and pass all their certifications. “Realtime is the future of court reporting. Realtime is cutting edge. Tape/audio recording reached its zenith in the ’60s.”

My profession has allowed me to live and work in Singapore for 14 months and work all over Southeast Asia, in High Court and deposition settings. What an amazing career it has been and still continues to be to this day.”

Lisa also shared some advice for aspiring court reporters. “Just stick with it. There’s no easy way to increase your speeds levels, other than by practicing. If it were easy, there would be many more court reporters in the field. High speeds and professionalism will always pay off! With so many baby-boomers becoming late deafened adults and hard of hearing adults, our profession has never been more at the forefront! We act as peoples’ ears. The joy I get when a person who is deaf is able to fully participate in an event because of my captioning, is an incredible feeling! I can’t even describe it.”

When Lisa isn’t reporting, she enjoys traveling, shopping, gardening and her dogs.