Court Reporting is the process of creating and preserving a record of the words spoken during court proceedings required to be reported at public expense. The Fourth Judicial Circuit uses a hybrid model of court reporting which includes contractual stenographic reporters and court-employed digital court reporters.
Amended Administrative Order No. 09-01 outlines the Circuit-wide Court Reporting Plan for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The Fourth Judicial Circuit comprises Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties.
The Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Reporting department provides oversight for contractual court reporter services and digital court reporting. The Manager of Court Reporting Services directs and manages all court reporting services excluding Digital Court Reporters.
The Electronic Court Reporting Manager supervises 14 full and part-time Digital Court Reporters and manages all aspects of digital court reporting. Digital Court Reporters continuously monitor what is being recorded to establish sound quality and voice clarity. Digital Court Reporters type in identifying case information and speaker’s identities which become part of the record.
- The Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Reporting Department is responsible for ensuring proceedings are reported at the highest quality attainable and the record is retained and archived as required by law. The Court Reporting Department provides the highest level of professional service with integrity, equality, and respect that make certain the public's right to due process by capturing a true and accurate record of court proceedings as mandated by Florida Statutes, Rule 2.535, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and local and State Administrative Orders.
Independent Contractor(s) provide certified personnel to conduct live, in-court reporting services including Real-Time reporting and transcription services.
- It is the responsibility of the party or the party’s attorney to secure court reporting services for proceedings held in the Circuit Civil Division, County Civil Division (including Civil Traffic and Small Claims), or the Family Division (except for proceedings in which the Court is required to provide a record at public expense).
Transcripts and Audio Recordings:
The typewritten record of a proceeding is called a transcript and except for certain confidential matters, transcriptions are obtainable. Chapter 286.011, Florida Statutes.
An individual may order a transcript of any reported or recorded proceeding or may order an audio recording of any recorded proceeding unless such proceeding is deemed confidential. Proceedings that are confidential in nature, such as Juvenile Dependency or Delinquency, may only be obtained with a signed court order.
- Please note, pursuant to the laws of the State of Florida a written transcript must be provided to the Court for all exceptions/objections to hearings by a General Magistrate. See Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.920(a) for more information.
- To purchase written transcripts, please contact Official Reporters, Inc., at (904) 358-2090.
- To purchase an audio recording, click on Request Recorded Proceedings. Audio recordings are not the “official record” and cannot be used in subsequent court proceedings.
- Pursuant to Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC11-22, before any audio/video recording is released to a non-party, it shall be redacted by the Court Reporting Department of any confidential material, as defined by applicable law. The audio requester shall bear the cost of such redaction.
- Audio recordings may not be available for all court proceedings.
For an access card, complete this APPLICATION FOR COURT REPORTER ACCESS CARD form, click here.