Obtaining a transcript of a hearing
Obtaining a transcript of a hearing

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Obtaining a transcript of a hearing
  • Recording and transcription of hearings
  • Obtaining a court transcript
  • Form EX107
  • Steps to obtain transcript
  • Transcripts for an appeal
  • Practical tips
  • Live transcripts

Recording and transcription of hearings

CPR 39.9 sets out the provisions relating to the recording and transcription of proceedings and provides that:

  1. all hearings in the High Court and County Court are tape or digitally recorded unless the judge directs otherwise

  2. no one may use unofficial recording equipment in any court or judge’s room without the permission of the judge. Doing so constitutes a contempt of court

  3. any person may obtain a transcript or transcripts of the recording of any hearing held in open court, upon payment of the appropriate charges

  4. where the proceedings were in private, only parties to the hearing may obtain copies of the transcript unless the court orders otherwise

  5. the judge may give directions to assist a party, in particular an unrepresented party, for the compilation and sharing of any note or other informal record of the proceedings made by another party or by the court in either a public or private hearing

If you anticipate ordering a transcript for a particular hearing you should mention this to the court associate at the outset, as a gentle reminder, to ensure that the recording equipment has been switched on.

In Bath v Escott, HHJ Paul Matthews stated that it was entirely lawful and proper practice for a judge, on receiving

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