FAQs

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Payment Issues
Submitting Resolutions
Proxy Votes
Realtime Testing

Welcome to the BCSRA members-only FAQs page, your go-to resource for quick answers and insights into the most commonly asked questions within our community. Whether you’re a long-time member or a newcomer, this page is designed to provide clarity on membership benefits, account management, event participation, and more. Navigate through our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to empower yourself with the information you need to make the most of your membership experience. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us for personalized assistance.

Payment Issues

What is the BCSRA’s stance on nonpayment?

Occasionally, BCSRA members experience difficulties getting paid in a timely way or at all for court reporting or transcription services. Sometimes reference is made to the COVID pandemic and its effects, including scheduling issues and the transition to greater use of video-conferencing technology for examinations and testimony. Sometimes reference is made to cash flow issues. In any case, court reporters should not have to bear the brunt of these challenges. Ensuring that the important service of court reporters continues without difficulties requires that prompt attention be given to payment for their services.

The BCSRA Board of Directors wishes to express its ongoing support for members and to encourage court reporting firms and lawyers to work diligently to ensure that payment for court reporting services is made in a timely manner.

I’m not getting paid. What can I do?

If you are a BCSRA member experiencing difficulties getting paid in a timely way or at all for court reporting or transcription services and you’ve already attempted to resolve the issue amicably and respectfully, consider the following:

 

  1. Gather all relevant information, including your contract (if applicable), your sent invoices, and total outstanding amount owing.
  2. Send a detailed email to your client outlining the work completed, such as job or invoice numbers); the amount owed; and the terms of your contract. Send a similar email once a week.
  3. If you are not receiving a satisfactory response, consider sending an official demand letter, which is similar to the above but sent through registered mail or courier.
  4. (Optional) Request BCSRA-hosted mediation.
  5. Move on to more serious collection methods. (See other FAQs for more information.)
How do I collect from a court reporting firm?

Most court reporters work as contractors to court reporting firms and are not employees. If they were employees, they would have rights under Employment Standards Act provisions. As contractors, however, their remedies for non-payment for their services may involve proceeding through debt collection tribunals and courts. They likely also have the right to refuse to provide further services until payment is made.

As contractors, their rights include the right to bring collection proceedings before:

  • the Civil Resolution Tribunal (for matters up to $5,000),
  • Small Claims Court (for matters up to $35,000), or
  • the BC Supreme Court (usually only for matters in excess of the jurisdiction of lower courts and tribunals).

The Civil Resolution Tribunal website provides a readily accessible means of learning about their process. The BC Small Claims Court is similar. In the event that a claim is greater than $35,000, it is likely preferable for a lawyer to be engaged to prepare a Notice of Civil Claim to be filed in the BC Supreme Court.

How do I collect from a law firm?

Under the Law Society’s Code of Professional Conduct:

7.1-2 A lawyer must promptly meet financial obligations in relation to his or her practice, including payment of the deductible under a professional liability indemnity policy, when called upon to do so.

If you cannot resolve your issue with counsel, you can file a complaint with the Law Society of British Columbia.

Submitting Resolutions

What is a resolution?

A resolution is a main motion expressed in writing and is voted upon at a general meeting. There are two types of resolutions: an ordinary resolution (passes by simple majority) and a special resolution (passes by two-thirds majority).

When should I submit a resolution?

You should submit a resolution if you want the BCSRA to take specific action or if you want the bylaws or constitution amended.

How do I format a resolution?

Keep your resolution under 150 words, inclusive of the “Because” and the “BCSRA shall” portions and exclusive of any wording quoted from the BCSRA’s constitution and/or bylaws. Use the following format:

BECAUSE [reasoning];
BECAUSE [reasoning];
THE BCSRA SHALL [desired action by the Association].

For example:
BECAUSE members of the BCSRA gather in the spirit of camaraderie and unabashed silliness;
BECAUSE the timeless allure of rubber duckies has been scientifically proven to induce uncontrollable fits of laughter and inexplicable grinning;
THE BCSRA SHALL begin every AGM with a ceremonial quacking chorus, led by the most esteemed Quackmaster General who is to be chosen at each preceding year’s AGM.

How do I submit a resolution?
  1. Submit your resolution in writing to secretary@bcsra.net not less than 60 days before the general meeting.
  2. The secretary will review the resolution and may provide feedback if the resolution does not match the formatting suggestions.
  3. The resolution will be submitted to the membership at least 30 days before the general meeting.
Who can submit a resolution?

Resolutions can be submitted by and voted upon by full participating members.

Proxy Voting

What is a proxy vote?

A proxy vote is a voting mechanism that allows a person to vote on behalf of another person.

How do I vote by proxy?

Please check the BCSRA’s bylaws for instructions on how to vote by proxy.

Realtime Testing

What is the BCSRA’s realtime test?

The realtime certified reporter (RCR) exam is a certification offered by the Association and is administered twice a year. One must complete 180 words per minute on five minutes of straight material at a level of 96 percent accuracy based on the NCRA certified realtime reporter testing criteria.

How do I register for the realtime test?

Keep an eye on your inbox! Testing dates will be emailed to you, along with sign-up instructions.

How much does the realtime test cost?

For in-person testing, the initial testing fee is $150. Subsequent testing thereafter is $80 per sitting.

Remote realtime testing is $185 per sitting.

Do I lose my RCR designation if I stop being a member?

Yes. The RCR is only available to full participating members in good standing.

Is there a CEU requirement to keep my designation?

No. The Association does not have a CEU requirement at this time.

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