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Transcripts and Audio CDs

The Technical Services Department is in charge of ensuring proper audio recording of all court proceedings for the official court record that occur in the 38 courtroom and hearing rooms located at the Circuit Court. Since 1982, when the use of stenographers in the courtroom was phased out, the Court has electronically recorded all courtroom proceedings, first on 8-track reel-to-reel tapes and after 2002 via a digital recording system called CourtSmart. The Department maintains a “library” of these recordings from civil, criminal, family, equity, juvenile, District Court Appeals, and Register of Wills cases. All court proceedings are stored on-site or in secure archives.

CourtSmart allows staff to constantly monitor court proceedings, perform real-time verification of courtroom events, and record and maintain proceedings with vastly improved sound quality. Information digitization via CourtSmart also enables the Court to provide court proceedings on CDs.

Transcripts are the most frequently requested service of the Technical Services Department. Transcripts can be purchased by the public, including litigants and attorneys, as long as the case has not been sealed (closed to the public) pursuant to a Judge’s order.

Transcript fees are assessed by page, and page prices are determined by the requested turnaround time (see sample costs below). Audio CD recordings of courtroom hearings and trials may also be purchased.

How to Request a Written Transcript

NOTE: This process is only used for ordering a transcript from the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. If you require a transcript from a hearing conducted at a different Circuit Court location, contact that court directly.

Request a transcript from a hearing conducted at a District Court location

Transcript requests for trials and hearings held from June 1982 - September 28, 2001

Due to a re-location of the original recordings, Technical Services requires an additional 5-10 business days for retrieval and preparation of the audio before it can be transcribed.

All transcript deposits and final payments will be paid directly to the Court's transcript vendor.

You will need to know the Case Number, Case Type, Case Name, and Hearing Date in order to request a transcript. You can obtain this information by accessing the Maryland Judiciary's online Case Search.

To order a transcript:
  • Step 1: Open the Transcript and CD Request Form.
  • Step 2: Complete and submit the Form. Required fields have red asterisks (*) next to them.

NOTE: All transcript requests that are sealed/shielded or involving minors will require the requestor to obtain authorization by the Court to be released.

This information does not apply to jurors who are currently seated on a jury panel or are in the jury selection process (voir dire). Jurors are to follow the judge's instructions as to reporting for a trial.

Transcript Turnaround Times & Sample Costs

Transcript costs are based on the number of pages and turnaround time requested. The number of pages in a transcript varies widely from case to case and is affected by many factors.

  • Same Day: $5.20 per page (Maximum 40 pages, order before 10:00 am)
  • 1 Business Day (26 hours): $4.03 per page (order before 4:00 pm)
  • 3 Business Days: $3.17 per page
  • 5 Business Days: $2.84 per page
  • 10 Business Days: $2.41 per page
  • 20 Business Days: $2.25 per page
  • Copies: 25¢ per page - with purchase of original transcript

All transcript orders are based on business days; weekends and holidays are not counted in turnaround times.

When ordering a transcript, the time begins to run when the transcription requestor pays the estimated total cost to the vendor. The normal delivery time for transcripts on the day they are due is 3:00 pm.

The cost chart below is a SAMPLE of transcript costs (rounded off to the nearest dollar). The cost of your actual transcript may be higher or lower than samples provided.

Hearing Time # pages Same Day 26-hour 3 Days 5 Days 10 Days 20-day
30 minutes 25 $130 $101 $79 $71 $60 $56
1 Hour 50 N/A $202 $159 $142 $121 $113
Half Day (4 hours) 200 N/A $806 $634 $568 $482 $450
Full Day (8 hours) 400 N/A $1612 $1268 $1136 $964 $900

NOTE: Same-day printing is not available for transcripts longer than 40 pages.

Transcripts for an Appeal

Maryland Rule 8-411. Transcript, is as follows:

(a) Ordering of Transcript. Unless a copy of the transcript is already on file, the appellant shall order in writing from the court stenographer a transcript containing:

(1) a transcription of (A) all the testimony or (B) that part of the testimony that the parties agree, by written stipulation filed with the clerk of the lower court, is necessary for the appeal or (C) that part of the testimony ordered by the Court pursuant to Rule 8-206 (c) or directed by the lower court in an order; and

(2) a transcription of any proceeding relevant to the appeal that was recorded pursuant to Rule 16-502(b); and

(3) if relevant to the appeal an din the absence of a written stipulation by all parties to the contents of the recording, a transcription of any audio or audiovisual recording or portion thereof offered or used at hearing or trial.

 

(b) Time for Ordering. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the appellant shall order the transcript within the applicable specified in this section:

(1) in a civil action subject to Rule 8-207(a), the time prescribed by Rule 8-207(a)(3);

(2) in all other civil actions subject to Rule 8-205(a), ten days after the date of an order entered pursuant to Rule 8-206(c); or

(3) in all other actions, ten days after the date the first notice of appeal is filed.

The date the first notice of appeal is filed in all other actions.

Cross reference: Rule 8-207 (a).

 

(c) Filing and Service. The appellant shall (1) file a copy of the written order to the court reporter with the clerk of the lower court for inclusion in the record, (2) cause the original transcript to be filed promptly by the court reporter with the clerk of the lower court for inclusion in the record, and (3) promptly serve a copy on the appellee.

As noted above, human court reporters were replaced by technical recordings in 1982; however, the same rules listed in the above Maryland Rule 8-411 apply today.

How to Request an Audio CD

NOTE: This process is only used for ordering an audio CD from the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. If you require an audio CD from a hearing conducted at a different Circuit Court location, contact that court directly.

Request an audio CD from a hearing conducted at a District Court

Audio CD requests for trials and hearings held from June 1982-September 28, 2001

Due to a re-location of the original recordings, Technical Services requires an additional 5-10 business days for retrieval and preparation of the audio CD.

All audio CD orders will be processed and paid for through the Court’s Technical Services Department (North Tower, Terrace Level Room T-020). Technical Services accepts cash, check (made payable to the “Clerk of the Court”), and credit card (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover only). Please note that a 5% credit card convenience fee will be added to the order if you use a credit card.

Audio CD’s are available for $15 per 90 minutes of recorded audio for hearings/trials held after June 1982. Software needed to listen to the digital recording is included on the audio CD.

You will need to know the Case Number, Case Type, Case Name, and Hearing Date in order to request an audio CD. You can obtain this information by accessing the Maryland Judiciary's online Case Search.

To order an audio CD:

NOTE:  All audio CD requests that are sealed/shielded or involving minors will require the requestor to obtain authorization by the Court to be released.

If you require an audio CD to be played on an Apple computer, please note in the comment section within the online ordering form. Due to the conversion time required to process this request, it will take 2-3 days to complete.

The Technical Services Department can produce an audio CD for listening and verification of testimony only. Any broadcast of such electronic recording is strictly prohibited by law and Administrative Order of this Court.

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