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Court Reporting Services

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The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida provides court reporting services in our Circuit Criminal, County Criminal, Unified Children's Court 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 onto computer and can be extracted by copying onto a server, a flash drive, a compact disc (CD) and other means.  A trained professional continuously listens to what is being recorded to ensure sound quality and voice clarity. 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 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 (for a list of current and prior court assignments look below)

Circuit and County Criminal Divisions

  • Laws Reporting: (305) 358-2700
  • Har-Mel Reporters: (305) 541-6234
  • Perez Court Reporting Services: (786) 858-7820

Juvenile (dependency and delinquency divisions), Unified Children’s Court, Family, Child Support Title IV, and Domestic Violence Divisions

  • Court proceedings: Absolute Video, Inc.: (305) 379-4741

Florida Statutes Governing Court Reporting (include but are not limited to the below)

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. 215; Rule 2.535; Rule 2.2430(e)

Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 9.200 (Requirements for the Appellate Record)

Court Reporting Offices:  Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, 175 NW First Avenue, Rom 3019, Attn:  Administrative Office of the Court -Director, Court Operations 305-679-1689 or 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

Contact Award Letter ITN 08/01/2018

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