What to Know When Requesting a Transcript from the Court

Ordering a transcript from any court can be confusing. In fact, even people who order court transcripts regularly tend to have several questions on how to go about obtaining them. There are quite a few things that are good to know and, using the New York State Court as an example, following are some factors to keep in mind when making requests for transcripts of your recorded court proceedings.


Who Are You Really Ordering a Transcript From?

You can request transcripts either from the court itself or from a transcription company. When you go to the court to make your transcript request, you’ll be given a few options. Some hearings may have been attended by a stenographer or a court reporter and, in that case, the transcript is already in their possession, so you just need to ask for it. Otherwise, you’ll be supplied with a list of approved transcription companies to choose from and, from that list, you pick the one that you would like to provide this service. The court then sends the audio of your hearing or deposition to the company of your choice on your behalf.

This is a two-step process that must follow the same order every time. Effectively, you are making your request with the court and then placing an order with the transcription company.


Do You Understand Your Specific Needs?

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Before you request your transcript, you should ask yourself whether or not you’ll be using it in court. In other words, will you be submitting it into evidence or using it to build your case? If so, then the request you make with the court should be to have the audio transcribed, which initiates the process of selecting an approved transcription company. On the other hand, if you only wish to obtain a copy of the audio recording for your own listening purposes, then the request you make with the court should be to listen to the recorded proceedings.

The two requests are totally different; you cannot privately obtain a transcript of audio given to you by the court, because that transcript would be inadmissible in a case. Conversely, if you request a transcript and select a company to perform the transcription, you will be unable to listen to the audio yourself; you will only be able to review the transcript they produce for you. This rule prevents the recorded proceedings from being tampered with and is, therefore, in your favor. If you are requesting the transcript for other purposes, and do not intend to use it in court, then the rule does not apply. You can then request the audio and have it transcribed however, and by whomever, you’d like.

It is important that you understand what your needs are before making the request, because it will help you pick the best (and most cost-effective) path to obtaining the transcript that you want.


After Requesting Your Transcript from the Court, When Will You Receive It?

If you are using the transcript in court, then you should know when your next court date is, or at least when you will need to use it. General court personnel will not be familiar with your particular case or your needs, so it’s up to you to let them know if your request is time-sensitive. Without knowing your circumstances, and depending on the court’s workflow, it could be a couple of weeks before the recording reaches the transcription company. Therefore, when matters are time-sensitive, simply writing “RUSH” on the top of your request form will usually convey the urgency of your needs.

This is especially important since the process of delivering audio recordings differs for each court. Some provide them digitally, so if yours needs to be rushed, then a digital transfer is much more expedient. Other courts send CDs or audio cassettes by postage mail, meaning that even if you need your request expedited, this method of delivery is likely to add on a few extra days, so you’ll need to be well-informed ahead of time and prepared for this scenario.

Ultimately, upon receiving your audio file, a representative from the transcription agency will usually contact you to explain turnaround time and other relevant details.


Is There Anything Else the Transcription Company Should Know?

Once the transcription agency has received your request, make sure that you relay any additional relevant information. Of course, the basics will be on the form itself (e.g., case name, docket number, etc.), but other key details are often missing, such as the names of parties present or mentioned, law firm names, and technical or unique terminology spoken in your case. If you share this information with the company before the transcription process begins, then the misspelling of words, names, and phrases are likely to be greatly reduced.


In short, when preparing to have your court proceedings transcribed, it’s important that you understand the differences in requests, your options, your circumstances, and turnaround times. Bear in mind that, throughout this article, we’ve described the process for New York State Court transcript requests as an example. The process will be similar in most courts, but each state will have a few of its own unique steps to follow, so please check with your local court for more details.

What are your thoughts and/or experiences with this process? Feel free to email us or leave a comment below!


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81 Response Comments

  • MackNovember 10, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Thanks for the info.

    • Ubiqus USANovember 14, 2016 at 3:46 PM

      You’re welcome and we’re glad you found it useful, Mack.

  • Tyler D.February 19, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Now I have a much clearer idea about this process.

    • Ubiqus USAFebruary 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Hi, Tyler – We’re glad that you found this information helpful. Let us know if you have other questions about the process of obtaining legal transcripts.

  • Olivia NelsonMarch 20, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    I agree that when you are looking for a transcription service you need to know when you will be getting your transcript. it would seem that you would want to find someone who is able to get the transcript to you as soon as possible. This would probably be really important when dealing with courtroom situations where time is of the essence.

    • Ubiqus USAMarch 21, 2017 at 11:51 AM

      Hi, Olivia – Yes, being fully aware of timing and working with a provider capable of producing the transcript quickly and accurately are very important. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic!

  • Melissa johnsonOctober 8, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Do u have to give the court the money upfront.

    • Ubiqus USAOctober 9, 2017 at 12:07 PM

      Hi, Melissa – Any court fees charged to transcript requesters will vary from court to court, as will the policy on when they must be paid. However, when requesting a transcript of a court proceeding, you are typically paying the contracted transcription vendor – not the court – so, you will need to speak to your chosen transcription vendor to discuss payment terms regarding your request. Thank you for posting.

      • What if the judge ordered it who paysOctober 15, 2019 at 4:55 PM

        Who pays if Court ordered

  • Cleveland MontgomeryOctober 27, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    I need to obtain some court transcripts Involving myself and a attorney regarding a withdrawal.

    • Ubiqus USAOctober 30, 2017 at 1:53 PM

      Hi, Cleveland – We’d be happy to advise. Please feel free to contact us with more details about your request by clicking here or you may email us at infousa@ubiqus.com. Thank you!

  • tazia satanaDecember 12, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    does a public defender of maricopa county have transcript of jury trial available between conviction and sentencing so i can have a private attorney look it over asap?

    • Ubiqus USADecember 13, 2017 at 5:08 PM

      Hi, Tazia – For trials that take place across multiple days, it is possible to request transcripts of days that have passed before the entire trial has ended. The details vary from court to court, but, generally, the court will not begin producing transcripts of hearings until they have been requested by someone. They will simply archive the audio recordings in preparation for a transcript request.

      So, the short answer is, yes, a public defender may have access to transcripts during a trial, but they will probably need to actively request production of those transcripts and address the costs and timing associated with that request.

  • jaceyJanuary 26, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Will i be able to get transcripts from my order of protection hearing?

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 26, 2018 at 6:12 PM

      Hi, Jacey – Yes, you should be able to, unless that court has a specific rule that stops you. You really need to check with the individual court to learn what your options are, but, barring that, the court should be able to inform you of your transcription options when you contact them. Good luck and thanks for reading!

      • Tammy SalsburyJune 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM

        Just wanted to know can you request transcripts for your husband thats incarcerated?

        • Ubiqus USAJuly 8, 2019 at 1:42 PM

          Hi, Tammy – Yes, you can! The same rules apply: you need to check with the court in question, but, unless the records are sealed for some reason, they should be accessible to you. Thanks for your question and good luck!

  • GrecoMarch 22, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    What is the difference between a stenographer and a court reporter? You mention both, and I wanted to know if there was anything I should know regarding the two. Thanks for this information., Ever since dealing with this case, getting everything sorted and learning about the legal system has been confusing at the best of times. This really helped me out, thank you!

    • Ubiqus USAMarch 22, 2018 at 4:23 PM

      Hi, Greco – There is no difference between a court reporter and a stenographer. The two names are often used interchangeably for the same service: to attend a legal proceeding and produce the typed record in real time. This service may also be used in administrative hearings, mediations, and other types of meetings which do not take place in a courtroom; hence stenographer is the more general term. Thanks for reading and we’re glad that you found the article of value!

  • JenniferMarch 26, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    I’m having a difficult time finding a transcriptionist in – or around – Newport, Oregon. Do you have any suggestions? I ordered the Audio file, and paid for it, before knowing that it needed to be transcribed…and now i have to pay for it again.
    Don’t forget to ask for the audio file to be CERTIFIED, as well. (added fee in our county)

    • Ubiqus USAMarch 27, 2018 at 12:03 PM

      Hi, Jennifer – If you’re looking to produce a transcript that you can utilize for a hearing in your local court, then you do need to contact that court and find out their rules for transcription. Most likely, they have an approved roster of transcription companies to whom they will send case audio at your request and, then you will pay that company for the transcription based on their rates. And anyone on the court’s approved roster should be able to certify their work. Unfortunately, while you could take the audio recording that you paid for to any transcription company for transcription and certification, it may not be admissible in court, so you probably are going to have to pay a little more to get the transcript that you need, we’re sorry to say. Thanks for reading!

  • EbMarch 27, 2018 at 7:26 AM

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ubiqus USAMarch 27, 2018 at 12:16 PM

      You’re welcome, Eb. Thanks for reading.

  • Angie MaurizioMarch 29, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    I am trying to find out how to get a digital copy of a trials transcript for my brother. An origanization wants to look at the transcript but they want a digital copy to review. Can anyone direct me where I need to go or a how this is done?

    • Ubiqus USAMarch 30, 2018 at 2:43 PM

      Hi, Angie – Your first step is to contact the court where the hearing took place. When you tell them that you are looking to acquire a transcript of your hearing, they will search to see if they have the hearing in either audio or transcribed form. If it has been previously transcribed, they should be able to make you a copy, though they may charge a fee, which varies from court to court. If they only have an audio recording of the hearing, then you will be directed to their list of approved vendors, and you will need to contact one of them in order to purchase transcription services. When contacting the court, make sure you have the case name, docket number, and hearing date available. Good luck and thanks for commenting!

  • Arthur DeMarcoApril 3, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    I like your reminder to provide as much info as you can to the transcription company. It never hurts to be transparent in anything you do. Providing clear, accurate information is a valuable skill to learn.

    • Ubiqus USAApril 26, 2018 at 12:47 PM

      Hi, Arthur – You’re absolutely right! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  • BrendonMay 9, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Im trying to come across court transcripts /disclosure fron 3-4yrs ago how would i come across this in canada i live in ontario

    • Ubiqus USAMay 10, 2018 at 6:47 PM

      Hi, Brendon – Thanks for your question. All of our advice in this blog post has been in relation to U.S. courts and these rules can vary widely from country to country. However, Canada’s rules for ordering court transcripts turn out to be pretty similar to the rules here in the States. Canadian courts maintain a list of authorized court transcriptionists for each province, so you need to contact the relevant court and, if there are no access restrictions to the particular case you’re looking for, you’ll be directed to the list of authorized transcriptionists where you will arrange all the aspects of your request (e.g., turnaround time, payment method, and so on). Just like in the U.S., transaction details can differ from court to court, so your first step should be to locate the court where your hearing took place and contact them directly for more information. Good luck!

  • Ratonya DumasMay 17, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    what can I do if a court reporting agency is giving me excuses about why I haven’t gotten my transcript back it’s been over a month since I requested it. and they keep making excuses as to why I haven’t gotten it back.

    • Ubiqus USAJune 8, 2018 at 5:56 PM

      Hi Ratonya – We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been having trouble obtaining your transcript. It’s difficult to tell if the problem is with the court or with the transcription company without hearing their excuses firsthand. If the company says they haven’t even begun the transcript, because the court hasn’t released the audio to them yet, you can try contacting another court reporting agency and placing the same order to see if they’re able to start faster. If they can, then just call the first company and cancel. If they claim there’s a long holdup, then the problem is clearly with the court and you don’t have much choice but to cancel the second order and just be patient.

      Be careful, though. If you don’t time the above steps correctly, you might accidentally have to pay for two transcripts! So make sure the first company hasn’t started their transcript before you engage the services of the second company. Good luck!

  • Mary McDanielJune 25, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    I am dealing with suspicious behavior coming from a small town court regarding a case my son was involved in. I’m trying to help him. We want the audio AND a transcript of his plea agreement court date. I was there for it and it is essential a new attorney hears what the judge told my son’s public defender. Because the court has been lax when it’s come to a request for discovery (and every other question we’ve had), I would prefer not to work with them anymore if I can help it. Can we request both the audio and transcript from the public defender’s office instead?

    • Ubiqus USAJuly 10, 2018 at 4:47 PM

      Hi, Mary – Has the court refused your request for the materials or simply been slow to respond? If it’s the latter, that may not be suspicious (although we’re sure it’s frustrating). As you might guess, the paperwork required to run the records department of any court is considerable and it is very common for long delays in response to requests for public materials. There is likely no gain to be had for restating your request via the public defender, since the bottleneck is the court which possesses the audio. If your end goal is to review the proceedings of a previous hearing date in order to utilize them for an upcoming date, then you’ll need a transcript of that past date more than you personally need the audio. So we suggest that you go back to the court (or its website, if applicable), obtain the local list of approved transcription companies, and place your transcript order with one of them. That way, you’ll have both yourself and the transcription company calling on them to release the audio, and hopefully that will speed up the process in your favor. Good luck!

  • Tylee larbeemAugust 28, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    Can you request a transcript from a case you were not involved in?

    • Ubiqus USASeptember 4, 2018 at 12:10 PM

      Hi, Tylee – As long as the court record is not sealed, then you should be able to request the transcript through the steps outlined elsewhere on this page: contact the appropriate court to obtain the list of approved transcription companies, contact one (or more) for their transcription rates, and then place your order. Good luck!

      • Oluwafemi OjoApril 17, 2019 at 10:37 PM

        Please what does it mean for a court record to be sealed?

        • Ubiqus USAApril 24, 2019 at 8:07 PM

          Hi, Oluwafemi – When a court record is declared sealed, that means that the court is restricting access to those records from general review. This means they can’t be read in open court, they can’t be retrieved with a FOIL request, and they may even be destroyed in some extreme cases. Most commonly, it means that only judges are allowed to access the files and anyone else would need a court order to get to them.

          There are lots of reasons why a court might order a record sealed. The most common reasons are because they contain information on birth records (especially for adoptees) or juvenile criminal records, are cases involving witness protection, or contain corporate trade secrets. If your court record doesn’t contain any of these, then you shouldn’t have to worry about it being sealed away by the court. Good luck and thank you for your question!

  • CherylOctober 17, 2018 at 1:55 AM

    My husband had a partition meeting with his brother and his lawyer. Can I request a transcript of the meeting from the clerk of court, some things were said and now they are saying they wasn’t said and we would like a copy to see what was said for sure

    Thanks you

    • Ubiqus USAOctober 19, 2018 at 3:31 PM

      Hi, Cheryl – Yes, your husband’s partition action with his brother took place in a court, so it should have been recorded and made available for transcription and retrieval. As always, rules vary from court to court, so we recommend that you contact the court where the partition took place to inquire about it. Good luck!

  • Jose MoraDecember 16, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    I wonder how much cost to get a transcript?
    From Court or company?

    • Ubiqus USADecember 24, 2018 at 12:09 PM

      Hi Jose – The cost for your transcript will vary from company to company. Some may charge per hour of proceedings, some may charge per page, and some may have a minimum fee (since many court cases are quite short). You need to contact the court where your hearing took place, obtain the list of approved transcription companies, and speak to them individually to find out what they charge. Good luck!

  • Dr Dakota DouglassDecember 31, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    I have requested twice certified that the Common Pleas Courts email me the cost of having every court case I had in Ohio to be transcribed. They have ignored each of my requests. Its a small town and they have time to do it. They are ignoring my requests on purpose.
    I have done the same for law enforcement depts in Florida and they do ignore me. Each time I have received the green return certified card proving they received my requests. Is there any law for Ohio and Florida that requires they fulfill my requests. I know I have to pay for these transcriptions but they are ignoring me. I was the plaintiff in each.
    Thank you.

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 2, 2019 at 7:27 PM

      Hi, Dakota – We’re sorry that you’re having such trouble with your legal transcripts. Unfortunately, we don’t know of any laws allowing courts to withhold records from the involved parties if they’re willing to pay for them, but different states and even different towns might have local statutes that they can point to when justifying their refusal. This may not sound ideal, but we advise that you employ an attorney or at least look up someone specifically offering legal advice/assistance. It might be expensive, but they can do the legwork in finding out what the law does and doesn’t say in each of these areas so that you know exactly what your options are. Good luck!

      • Lynn EdwardsDecember 17, 2019 at 10:21 PM

        This info is obtained online:
        For complaints regarding failure to release public information please contact your local County or District Attorney. Each state had their own Open Records Act version of the federal Freedom of Information Act.

  • Desperate4JusticeJanuary 10, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Thank you for this information!

    1) I would like to know if it’s possible to request transcripts/audio from several family law hearings I had over the past two years. I recall reading somewhere, in mounds of research, that if no appeal is filed then once the case is closed, files are gone (deleted, removed… ?). Can you provide information on this? The state is Indiana.

    2) After those hearings, the Judge took my ex, myself, and our attorneys to his “chambers” where a lot of important conversation/decisions occurred – most of which was not put into the order. Is anything recorded in the Judge’s chambers? If so, is it possible to get those recordings?
    *Biggest issue: ex’s lawyer refused to allow my lawyer to write it how the Judge told her to and why it needed to be in there…. it’s critical for my children’s emotional well-being. My (former) lawyer took it to the Judge, but he said he’s “done” with us/our case and wouldn’t just say what he told her to write in the order without another hearing – said we could debate what he said if I filed another motion. Case closed… (not really!). My lawyer has now withdrawn, but my fight will never be over. Right now I need what was said in that room as it can help me rescue my children.

    Thank you for your time!

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM

      Hi, Desperate4Justice – We’re glad that you found this article helpful and thank you for your questions!

      1. It is not a hard and fast rule across every court that non-appealed cases are destroyed upon closing, although many courts are facing space problems regarding storing all of their past records and many have instituted time limits, following which they do destroy old audio records. Two years seems like a pretty brief interval to be shredding old cases, but you’d need to speak to the court in question directly to find out what its standard is.

      2. Unfortunately, the conversations inside a judge’s chambers are rarely recorded for posterity. In fact, the point of meeting in a judge’s chambers is to engage in a discussion off the record. You can ask the court, but the extreme likelihood is that no recording was made of your chambers discussion and that, if you need to cite statements made while in there, you’ll need to ask the judge directly to confirm if your ex and their lawyer aren’t being cooperative. Good luck!

  • SusanJanuary 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    I ordered a transcript of a status conference. Both parties were under oath. This is a family proceeding and not an appeal. Does Vermont law require me to provide notice to the other party that I ordered a transcript. My research tells me that I do if it is an appeal, and it is not. I want to be sure I follow the law. I am pro se. Thank you!

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 14, 2019 at 3:31 PM

      Dear Susan – Thank you for commenting. No, you are not required to notify the other parties in a hearing that you are purchasing a transcript of the hearing, no matter what your reason is. That is a transaction between you, the court, and the transcription vendor. If you were preparing for an appeal, you might need to notify the other parties, but that would be because of the appeal – not the transcript request. (Note: as with any advice offered in this article and to the incoming questions, your very best option is to contact the court in question and ask them directly. They’re the best ones to tell you if their local ordinances are any different than state or federal rules.) Good luck!

  • Selina Australia biggest defamation case in the worldJanuary 20, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Thank you I will need every voice and court transcript for my court case for a fraud and defamation police intimidation and attempted murder chargers for me and my daughter Elle Whiting 28/02/07 .. thank you .. Are you able to obtain the transcripts prior to the hearing from the same room just in case there is any injustice ?? You know not one person in my country has come up to me and asked me verbally if I needed a lawyer.

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 23, 2019 at 5:25 PM

      Hi, Selina – Thank you for commenting. Unfortunately, all of our advice relates to U.S. courts, so we can’t speak authoritatively regarding the court procedures in Australia. We suggest that you contact the court, either directly or through an attorney, and explicitly ask if you can obtain recordings or transcripts from other hearings held on the same day and in the same courtroom as yours. Be careful, though: if you’re looking for incidental conversation in the room that might relate to your case, it most likely wasn’t discussed on the record, so it probably wouldn’t show up in the audio recordings or a transcript, so you don’t want to waste your money unnecessarily. If you can, we strongly recommend that you contact an attorney who can give you better legal advice, more suited to your location and your situation. Good luck!

  • Jose sotoFebruary 14, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Very Helpful info thanks it will be of great help to me

    • Ubiqus USAFebruary 20, 2019 at 4:02 PM

      Hi, Jose – We’re very glad to know that you found the information in this article helpful. Thank you for reading and leaving feedback!

  • MattApril 22, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Love the effort you put in this.

    • Ubiqus USAApril 23, 2019 at 12:47 PM

      Hi, Matt – Thank you very much!

  • MariaMay 15, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Hi, I have a question. How do I obtain an audio of a plea hearing? I already have the transcripts, but i would like to hear it too.

    • Ubiqus USAMay 28, 2019 at 3:38 PM

      Hi, Maria – Thanks for reading and leaving us your question. If you want to obtain the audio recording of a hearing, then you’d make a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request for it. You can learn how to file a FOIL request online and, although it might take a while, if the audio is still in their possession and not under seal for any reason, you will receive a copy of it. Good luck!

  • RemaMay 15, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    How do i go about getting trial transcripts from Ohio when i live in Nevada? Do i have to physically go to the courts and request it?

    • Ubiqus USAMay 28, 2019 at 3:48 PM

      Hi, Rema – Probably not! Each state’s rules can vary, but when it comes to ordering a transcript, your transaction will ultimately be with one of the vendor companies approved by the court for transcription services. So, when you place the order, speak to the vendor company directly and you will probably be able to make arrangements for the transcript to be shipped to you or, better yet, emailed! Start by contacting the court for a list of transcription vendors and take it from there. Good luck and thank you for reading!

  • LeahMay 21, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    What are your options when the transcriber has committed perjury by omitting pertinent testimony and refuses to correct it?

    • Ubiqus USAMay 29, 2019 at 12:31 PM

      Dear Leah – Before we say “perjury,” let’s consider the possibility that the omissions you’re referring to are due to problems with the audio recordings. It’s not unusual for court recordings to be less than perfect, and something as simple as chair noises or paper shuffling might be obscuring the testimony you’re looking for. The transcriber can only work with what shows up in the court recording – not what you know from experience to have been said in the courtroom. You may need to go through the process of obtaining the audio yourself (via a FOIL request) to see if your pertinent testimony was properly recorded in the first place.

      If you’ve followed all these steps already and the testimony is clearly in the audio recording, but the transcript is inaccurate and the transcriber will not make revisions, then you may need to take legal action against the transcriber or pick another approved transcription vendor and begin the transcript process over again. Definitely consult with a lawyer who can hear your story in detail, make an informed recommendation, and help you judge which solution works best for you. Good luck and thank you for your question!

  • RSMay 27, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Excellent post!

    • Ubiqus USAMay 28, 2019 at 2:33 PM

      Hi, RS – We’re glad that you think so. Thanks for reading and leaving feedback!

  • Robert CarrollJune 16, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Can you do both? Your own listening and for court?

    • Ubiqus USAJune 19, 2019 at 6:58 PM

      Hi, Robert – If we’re understanding you correctly, you’d like to know if you can obtain access to the audio of your court case for listening purposes, and also in order to produce a transcript of it. Let’s take those two questions separately:

      First, you can likely obtain a copy of the audio recording, as long as it exists and isn’t under seal for any reason, by submitting a FOIL request for it. Just Google “How to make a FOIL request” for more info on this topic.

      Next, to produce a transcript of your case that will be admissible in court, you don’t actually need to obtain the audio yourself first. Contact the court about your intent to purchase a transcript and you will be provided the list of approved transcription vendors in that state (for example, Ubiqus is an approved transcription vendor in New York State). Once you select your vendor, the court will transfer the audio and the vendor will produce the certified transcript for you. Thank you for your question and good luck!

  • Rick ValintineJune 22, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    What if you request transcripts from a preliminary hearing including the DA’s initial allegation, and the clerk of the court tells you that they misplaced the transcript information?

    • Ubiqus USAJuly 8, 2019 at 1:31 PM

      Hi, Rick – Unfortunately, this is something that happens in courts from time to time, but it can be exceptionally frustrating if the loss directly impedes your case. First off, if you have the option, be patient. The transcript is unlikely to have outright disappeared, so if it’s misfiled or misplaced, they will keep looking and they will often ultimately find it. If the circumstances of your case don’t allow you to wait or if the clerk has officially looked everywhere and given up the search, then you may want to request to have that previous hearing retried. You should speak to an attorney to find out if that’s the best option for you. Thanks for your question and good luck!

  • Babatunde AogoJune 27, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Need a court transcripts for an appeal case hearing in Houston, TX

    • Ubiqus USAJuly 10, 2019 at 11:52 AM

      Hi, Babatunde – Your first step should be at the court where the hearing took place. Either call or visit the court and ask them for their procedure on obtaining a transcript. Nine times out of ten, they’re going to follow the same steps as everyone else: they will direct you to a list of approved transcription providers for that court and you’ll work the rest of the details out with the transcription provider directly. Thank you for reading and good luck!

      Disclaimer: This article and forum are for informational purposes only. They are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For specific legal matters, we advise that you obtain the counsel of an attorney who can provide you with comprehensive legal advice suited to your particular location and situation.

  • Sharon ReeseJuly 3, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    We requested a copy of the court hearing and paid almost 3000.00 for 700 pages. The court recorder only sent us an email. Now we have to pay for a copy to be printed and the court tells us we have to provide the plaintiff’s attorney and the Appelit court with a copy..

    • Ubiqus USAJuly 10, 2019 at 11:37 AM

      Dear Sharon – If you have an electronic copy of the transcript that you purchased, you should speak with the other parties (either directly or through your attorney) to find out if they will accept an electronic copy instead of a printout. 6,000 pages is a lot of printing and many courts and legal practitioners are overwhelmed with stacks of physical paper as it is, so many are transitioning to e-documents only. It’s certainly worth asking. Thanks for reading and good luck!

      Disclaimer: This article and forum are for informational purposes only. They are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For specific legal matters, we advise that you obtain the counsel of an attorney who can provide you with comprehensive legal advice suited to your particular location and situation.

  • anonymous sheepOctober 8, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Is it illegal to share the audio transcript of your restraining order hearing in private with friends online as long as they or you don’t spread it?

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 24, 2020 at 4:18 PM

      If you’ve received a transcript of your court proceeding, technically it’s not illegal to post online since it is publicly available info. However, if the information you post turns out to be incomplete, or damaging to one of the parties involved, you may end up facing more legal action from them. And even if you’re ultimately acquitted, that procedure could end up expensive. If you need to refer to hearing information, it’s best to encourage others to seek it out themselves. And of course, it’s an even better idea to directly ask an attorney beforehand. Good luck.

      Disclaimer: This article and forum are for informational purposes only. They are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For specific legal matters, we advise that you obtain the counsel of an attorney who can provide you with comprehensive legal advice suited to your particular location and situation.

  • PatriotOctober 18, 2019 at 2:37 AM

    What are your options when the courthouse transcribers willfully and wontonly commit perjury in your transcripts to protect corrupt judges and prosecutors and extort hundreds of dollars from you for the perjured documents??

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 24, 2020 at 4:23 PM

      If you believe that someone has committed perjury, or actively falsified information in the creation of your court transcript, then you would need to bring suit against that person, or perhaps that court. You should definitely consult an attorney before taking any actions.

      Disclaimer: This article and forum are for informational purposes only. They are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For specific legal matters, we advise that you obtain the counsel of an attorney who can provide you with comprehensive legal advice suited to your particular location and situation.

  • SHARON WILSONNovember 3, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Thank you for the information. I just have one more question. I would like a copy of the audio transcript for personal reasons as well as possible court proceedings in the future. How do you recommend that I proceed based on this?

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM

      Hi Sharon. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Law, you are entitled to request a copy of the audio recording of your court proceeding. I recommend that you contact the court in question to get more information on how to make that request. Good luck!

      Disclaimer: This article and forum are for informational purposes only. They are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For specific legal matters, we advise that you obtain the counsel of an attorney who can provide you with comprehensive legal advice suited to your particular location and situation.

  • Valinda NortonDecember 27, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    What if the court is only giving you a gutting file and the important facts concerning an unseal wrongful death settlement is missing? What action can I take?

    • Ubiqus USAJanuary 24, 2020 at 4:25 PM

      If you believe that the court is withholding information about your case from you, then you should definitely speak with an attorney to determine your best move. You certainly don’t want to take additional action on your own without professional legal advice. Good luck.

      Disclaimer: This article and forum are for informational purposes only. They are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For specific legal matters, we advise that you obtain the counsel of an attorney who can provide you with comprehensive legal advice suited to your particular location and situation.

  • Joseph BrannonMarch 9, 2020 at 2:55 AM

    I agree, that our first step is to contact the court where the hearing took place. When you tell them that you are looking to acquire a transcript of your hearing, they will search to see if they have the hearing in either audio or transcribed form. If it has been previously transcribed, they should be able to make you a copy, though they may charge a fee, which varies from court to court. If they only have an audio recording of the hearing, then you will be directed to their list of approved vendors, and you will need to contact one of them in order to purchase transcription services. When contacting the court, make sure you have the case name, docket number, and hearing date available.



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