British Institute of Verbatim Reporters.
The professional body for verbatim reporting

What is BIVR?

The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters, is the leading organisation for verbatim reporters in the UK. We promote training and professional skills and have a Code of Ethics. BIVR members work in many spheres of the law such as the High Court, Crown Courts, tribunals and inquiries. They write machine shorthand using Stenograph, a variety of Palantype system machines, or Pitman handwritten shorthand.

BIVR members work with deaf and deafened people as Speech-to-Text communication supporters. BIVR encourages real-time skills which are used extensively in complex cases. Television subtitling is also carried out by some of our members. BIVR has a long and rich history. It is the successor organisation to the Institute of Shorthand Writers, incorporated as long ago as 1887 as a glance at our History page will show you.

What we do

  • Maintain a national register of BIVR qualified reporters working within differing spheres of practice
  • Improve the qualifications and status of all our members
  • Encourage student membership
  • Encourage continuous professional development through formal and informal training opportunities
  • Maintain access to training and examinations
  • Provide a members’ Facebook page
  • Debate court reporting topics and technical developments

Our aims

Our aims, set out in our Memorandum and Articles of Association under the Companies Act, are as follows:

  • To promote the more efficient practice of the art of machine and pen shorthand in connection with legal and other proceedings
  • To raise the qualifications and status of our members
  • To encourage the maintenance of adequate training and examination facilities