Update to Speaker Designations and Indiscernible Notations

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1. Speaker Designations

Please note the update to gender-neutral colloquies and bylines.

Instead of Ms. or Mr., have your speaker designations follow the format of Cnsl, first initial, period, last name.

Cnsl B. Example

The title of CNSL combined with the first initial and surname are to be used. The first name must be included if two counsel in a proceeding share the same last name.  – BC Court Transcription Manual


Gender neutrality is important when writing about people because it is more accurate — not to mention respectful — and is consistent with the values of equality recognized, for example, in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also professionally responsible and is mandated by the Federal Plan for Gender Equality, which was approved by the Cabinet and presented to the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in 1995.  – Canadian Department of Justice


Using incorrect gendered language for a party or lawyer in court can cause uncomfortable tension and distract them from the proceedings that all participants should be free to concentrate on.  – Provincial Court of BC


2. Indiscernible Notation

If transcribing court audio, do not reference accent as a reason for the indiscernible notation.

Click here for access to the full BC court transcription manual. Changes are highlighted in green.


Stay up to date with your transcripts! Keep in mind the change in speaker designations and indiscernible notations going forward, and check back regularly for other court reporting news and events.

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