Asking any Attorneys et al for general info...

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by DDD, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I know some of you are attorneys and some of you are married to
    attorneys and some of you work for attorneys etc. etc. SO the ??
    I have is pretty simple.

    Are all Court hearings recorded? How does a citizen get a copy?

    easy child/difficult child had a Bail Hearing a couple of months ago and the Judge
    stated "we do not want him to get sent to prison" etc. The SAO
    is still going for prison time. :faint:

    I want a transcript of the little hearing so there is a record
    of what the Judge said. Possible?? Not possible?? THAT is the
    question. DDD
  2. skeeter

    skeeter New Member

    in our area, it's up to the judge if they have it recorded, go with a (human) court reporter, or both.

    Most still use the court reporter. They just aren't that comfortable with the technology and several have experienced not being able to replay something when they want to.

    I don't know who is "privilaged" to the court transcripts, however. But be aware that there are things said in court that do not go into the transcripts.
  3. AllStressedOut

    AllStressedOut New Member

    Where we live you can purchase the transcripts. They get pretty pricey though, a few $1000 for a 2-3 hour hearing. In the courts I've gone into, they are recorded by a court reporter.
  4. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Call the court building and ask about transcripts. Who can get a copy, how they would do so, etc... I think it may vary by state and even court system.

    I hope that this can be cleared up easily.

  5. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Call the judge's clerk and ask if the judge has a court reporter for all hearings. Some judges have their own reporter; some courts have pools. If the hearing wasn't in chambers, odds are it was recorded.

    Anyway, find out the name of the court reporter and order a copy (you'll need the case number and date/time of the hearing). The reporter should be able to tell you if you can get a copy as a private individual. If not, you may have to get an attorney to order it for you (they would have to notify the DA that it is being ordered).
  6. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Thank you all. I did just call the Courthouse and was referred
    to a separate office there that takes care of transcripts. The
    typed transcript is $4 per page AND requires the Judges advanced
    permission. The audio CD costs $20 and does not require the
    Judges permission.

    Is that odd.......or what??

    Anyway, I am getting it Monday. Just needed a bit of direction
    from "the family". What a group! DDD
  7. DDD,

    In our state, only parties to the case can get a transcript. You pay for the copies and the cost is steep! (This is one way courts raise revenue, they figure attorneys can afford the costs). Could you possibly ask the judge for a letter?
  8. KFld

    KFld New Member

    I don't have any info for you. Just wanted you to know I was reading along and thinking of you.