The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Reporting Services Office is responsible for digitally recording and transcribing all non-civil proceedings. Audio recordings provide the only independently verifiable record of what people in the courtroom actually say, thus, they are unfiltered by anyone's individual interpretations, mishearings, or distractions.
Digital Court Reporters are responsible for listening to the recording of courtroom events through headphones while the proceeding occurs to ensure recording quality. Digital Court Reporters monitor and record multiple proceedings at the same time from a remote location.
The proceedings required to be electronically recorded at public expense in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit include, but are not limited to the following:
- All county and circuit criminal hearings and trials;
- Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings;
- Juvenile detention and shelter hearings;
- Termination of parental rights hearings;
- Criminal contempt hearings that result from civil proceedings;
- Domestic violence, stalking, repeat violence, sexual violence, and dating violence injunction cases;
- Baker Act and Marchman Act proceedings;
- All proceedings heard by a general magistrate or hearing officer except for civil proceedings conducted in traffic court;
- Guardianship proceedings; and
- Other proceedings as may be required by law or rule, or the court.
Court Reporting Services captures proceedings utilizing one recording program: OpenCourt. Therefore, the audio will be available in MP3 format Please note that audio CDs are not the official record and cannot be used as such in subsequent court proceedings.
Transcripts and audio CD of court proceedings can be obtained by completing one of the appropriate forms using the applicable links: Transcription Request or Audio Request. All transcripts are transcribed and prepared by court-approved transcriptionists and, therefore, payment arrangements must be made in advance.
Please note that the Administrative Office of the Court shall retain ownership of the complete verbatim Multi-Media Court Record generated in all judicial proceedings indicated herein.