Audio Records and Transcripts
Audio/Video Record of Court Proceedings
To record hearings and other proceedings, the Utah state courts rely exclusively on digital audio (and in a few locations, video) recordings. To obtain a copy of a recording file, request it from the judicial services representative at the court in which the proceeding was held.
To request an official transcript, go to our webpage for Requesting Official Transcripts. An official transcript can be used for any court purpose, trial or appellate.
When your transcript order is placed, you will receive an email notifying you of the transcriber assigned to the case and how to contact that person. You will need to make arrangements for payment with the transcriber. The transcriber will not begin work on the transcript until satisfactory arrangements for payment have been made. When the transcript is prepared and paid for, the transcriber will file the printed, certified transcript and a PDF file with the trial court and send you a copy.
A transcript prepared by any other means is not an official transcript and cannot be used for court purposes. The ability to prepare an expedited transcript from an audio recording is limited. If a party anticipates the need for an expedited transcript, requesting a certified court reporter is advised.
Scheduling a Certified Court Reporter in a Capital Case
Upon request in a capital case, the court may schedule a certified court reporter licensed in Utah to report the proceedings. The court will pay the appearance fee to attend the proceedings and write verbatim notes. The party requesting a transcript must pay the transcript fee.
Scheduling a Certified Court Reporter in a Non-Capital Case
Upon request in any civil case or non-capital criminal case, the court may permit a party to schedule a certified court reporter licensed in Utah to report the proceedings. The court reporter must agree to certain terms and conditions. The requesting party will pay the appearance fee to attend the proceedings and write verbatim notes. The party requesting a transcript must pay the transcript fee.
Official Court Transcribers
The fee for a transcript of a court proceeding is set by Utah Code Section 78A-2-408.
The format for a transcript of a court proceeding is set by CJA Rule 5-203.
- Request to Schedule a Court Reporter (capital case) - PDF | Word
- Request to Schedule a Court Reporter (non-capital case) - PDF | Word
- Attachment B to Contract for Court Reporting Services in Capital Cases (for court-use only) - PDF | Word
- URAP 11. The record on appeal.
- URAP 12. Transmission of the record.
- URAP 54. Transcript of proceedings.
- URCP 52. Findings by the court; correction of the record.
- CJA 4-201. Record of proceedings.
- CJA 5-202. Official Court Transcribers.
- CJA 5-203. Transcript format.
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