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Court Reporting Services
** Advertisement for ITN #2011-01- Court Reporting Services **

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida provides court reporting services in our Circuit Criminal, Circuit Juvenile, County Criminal, Unified Family and County Domestic Violence divisions.  Parties in the Circuit Civil and County Civil divisions are responsible for hiring private reporters when necessary.  

Court reporting is the process of taking a “word for word” record of everything said during a legal proceeding. Court reporters produce an accurate record of what was said during a legal proceeding, which, under law, becomes the official record of these events. The typewritten record of the proceeding is called a transcript and with the exception of certain confidential matters, transcriptions are obtainable. Chapter 286.011, Florida Statutes. 


TYPES OF COURT REPORTING

Stenographic:
Court reporters type everything that is said using a special machine that produces a form of shorthand on a paper tape. The speed needed to take down every word is achieved when keys are pressed, either separately or at the same time, to designate words and phrases.

Digital electronic court reporting: The spoken word is recorded on a compact disc (CD) and a trained professional continuously listens to what is being recorded to ensure sound quality and voice clarity. The CD and detailed notes identifying who is speaking and other important information are used to produce a transcript, when requested.

Real-time court reporting: An advanced method in which a court reporter "types" the record and almost simultaneously (in real time), it is displayed on one or more computer screens. In this circuit, real-time reporting is generally used when persons under the Americans with Disabilities Act are in need of such technology.

TO OBTAIN A TRANSCRIPT
In the Eleventh Judicial Circuit private firms provide court reporting services. Transcript requests are made directly to the corresponding court reporting firm assigned to that particular Criminal division. A court reporter’s notes taken during a judicial proceeding or during depositions are retained for the following time periods.                                                                                                             
1. Two years from the date of preparing the transcript.
2. Ten years for judicial proceedings in felony cases when a transcript has not been prepared.
3. Five years for all other judicial proceedings, arbitration hearings and discovery proceedings when a transcript has not been prepared.  

OFFICIAL COURT REPORTING FIRMS OF THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA

Circuit and County Criminal Divisions:

Absolute Video (305) 379-4741
Apex Reporting (954) 467-8204
Downtown Reporting (954) 522-3376
Goldman, Naccarato & Vela. (305) 545-8434
Har-Mel Reporters (305) 541-6234
Laws Reporting (305) 358-2700
Veritext (305) 377-1514


Juvenile and Domestic Violence Divisions
Court proceedings: Absolute Video, Inc. (305) 379-4741
Depositions: Goldman, Naccarato, Patterson, Vela & Assoc., Inc. (305) 545-8434

Florida Statutes Governing Court Reporting
Section 25.383 (Standards for Court Reporters)
Section 27.0061 (Transcripts in Criminal Cases)
Section 90.108(2) (Transcripts as Prima Facie Evidence)
Section 839.24 (Penalty for Failure to Perform)
Section 905.26 and 905.27 (Governing Grand Jury Proceedings)

Rules of Judicial Administration
Rules 2.050(b)(6)&(g) (Requirements/Directives of the Chief Judge)
Rule 2.070 (Court Reporting Standards and Requirements)
Rule 2.075(e) (Retention of Court Records)
  
Rules of Appellate Procedure
Rule 9.200 (Requirements for the Appellate Record)

Court Reporting Office
Richard E, Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12 Street, Room 7100
Miami, Florida 33125
(305) 548-5408



Hours of operation are from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays

Court Reporting Firm Assignments
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2011    2012
2013    2014
 
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