Administration of Justice Act Regulation: Changes to Transcription Fees
Bill or Act:
Regulatory amendments under the Administration of Justice Act
Summary of Decision:
This regulation was filed on March 31, 2014.
December 4, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
The ministry is recommending a new fee schedule that will: better reflect industry standards and address current technology and formats, appropriately compensate authorized court transcriptionists, and provide more service level options for court users, including options for same day or expedited service.
Previously, the ministry launched a review to enhance and modernize court reporting and transcript production in Ontario. At the time, court users identified various concerns, including the timely and expeditious production of transcripts to which the ministry has responded with a new court transcription model that will take effect June 9, 2014.
Additionally, the court transcript fee schedule has not been revised in 22 years. As part of the reform initiative, the ministry is proposing to update the court transcript fee regulation and align Ontario's fees with the fees charged in other Canadian jurisdictions. Details about the Ministry's recommendations for a new fee schedule are set out in the attached table.
Where a transcript is not required, authorized ordering parties would also have the option to purchase a copy of the digital court recording at a lower cost than the transcript. While there is a proposed increase to the per page fee for an original transcript, parties would be able to obtain an electronic copy of the transcript at no extra charge on the conditions set out in the attached table.
Ministry of the Attorney General
Court Reporting Services
Court Services Division
720 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
May 1, 2014