I was a court reporter. I am working on rebuilding my speed. I'm at 225, but I'm not ready.
I don't care how hard up I am, there is no way I would transcribe for $1.00 a page. My guess is you are getting $3.00 or $4.00 a page - and paying us hard-up people $1.00 a page. I sure someone will take it.
But if you are a well-established court reporting firm, wouldn't it be easier to take your reporters who are available and have them restroke the testimony using their CAT writers and have a transcript that just needs to be dumped and edited?
One hour of testimony is equal to about 40 pages. A good writer could do the restroking/rewriting; dump the notes; then others edit and polish the transcript. Get two court reporters rewriting - and you could do 100 pages an hour.
I don't think your work is real kosher.