Court Reporting

The Circuit Court Reporters maintain an office in each of the four counties which make up the First Judicial Circuit (Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties).   We have a total of 21 reporters and one scopist for the Circuit, and our offices are open daily, Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays.

At the request of the Court, each office is responsible for reporting or recording proceedings held in their county in the following types of cases:  Criminal (felony and misdemeanor), domestic violence, family court dependency and delinquency, general magistrate and child support hearing officer matters, Baker Act and some guardianship matters.  We do not report proceedings in any civil cases, traffic infractions or family law (divorce).  We do not report depositions, nor do we have records for or the ability to transcribe depositions.

Our methods of reporting include the use of stenographers, as well as analog and digital recording, from all of which we are able to prepare typewritten verbatim transcripts.  Transcripts are not automatically produced.  They are produced when (1) ordered by a judge, (2) upon written request by an attorney, or (3) upon written request by any interested party (forms available upon request) and when financial arrangements have been made for payment of the transcript. 

Transcripts and CDs are prepared in the order of request.  Specific information needed with each request includes the name of the case (defendant or parties), the case number, the date of the proceeding and if possible, the name of the judge.  We make every effort to complete transcripts and CDs within two weeks.  Lengthy proceedings require more time.  We cannot expedite requests for transcripts or CDs, except by the order of the Court. 

The cost of a transcript is based on the number of pages at the rate of $5.25 per page.  The number of pages depends upon the length of the proceeding held.  (A close estimate of pages can be calculated at nearly one page per minute of a proceeding; for example, 1 hour will yield approximately 60 pages.)  An indigent defendant in a criminal case may request a transcript be provided at state expense, but we can only produce a transcript at state expense when ordered to do so by a judge. 

In addition, for some recorded proceedings we can provide a copy of the recording on a CD, the minimum cost for which is $35, depending on the length of the proceeding and the time involved in preparatory review of the CD.  Preparatory review time in excess of one hour is billed at an additional $20 per hour.  Some recordings may include video.

Some requests will require a deposit before we can begin the work, with payment of the balance due upon completion and prior to delivery.  The amount of each deposit is based upon our estimate of the total cost of the transcript or CD(s). 

 

To place a CD Order:

Please fill out this CD Order Form.   The cost of a Courtsmart CD is $35 per disk.

CD ORDER PAYMENT: Payment may be made online with a credit or debit card by using an Invoice Tracking Number provided after your request is processed with the court reporters' office.  In addition, a service fee will be applied.  Local law firms may pay by law firm check made out to The State of Florida.  

Please email your Transcript Order Forms to Escambia.Reporters@flcourts1.gov or hand deliver your form to the Official Court Reporters at 190 W Government Street, 4th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502.

 

To place a Transcript Order:

Please fill out this Transcript Order Form and complete the following steps.  The cost of a transcript is $5.25 per page, with a non-refundable deposit required to begin the order, and the balance due upon completion of the transcript.

Step 1. Submit your order form via email or hand delivery. 

Please email your Transcript Order Forms to Escambia.Reporters@flcourts1.gov or hand deliver your form to the Official Court Reporters at 190 W Government Street, 4th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502.  

Step 2. Submit your deposit payment.

Deposits: After we have received your Order Form, we will determine a deposit amount based off of total trial/hearing length. This deposit will be 75% of your total transcript production costs. You will receive a deposit invoice that includes your 75% deposit cost, an Invoice Tracking Number for online payments, and an ESTIMATED page count. The deposit payment is required to begin production on your transcript. Please do not pay more than your requested deposit payment. Pay your deposit online with a credit or debit card by using your Invoice Tracking Number. Local law firms may pay by law firm check made out to “The State of Florida.” Deposits are non-refundable once production has begun. We reserve the right to discard any transcript not picked up and paid for within 30 days of notification that your order is ready.  Transcript Production: Once your deposit is paid in full, we will begin production on your transcript. Transcript production takes approximately two weeks. Due to the large volume of transcript orders, we cannot honor a request for a rush order or produce an expedited transcript. Transcripts are prepared in the order in which we receive requests.  We make every effort to produce each transcript within two weeks; lengthy proceedings may require additional time. You will be notified via phone or email upon the completion of your transcript order.

Step 3. Submit your final payment.

Final Payment and Pick-up: You will receive your final payment invoice, including your exact balance due, and an Invoice Tracking Number.  Once we have received your final payment, you may pick up your transcript or ask for it to be mailed.

 

Offices of the Circuit Court Reporter

First Judicial Circuit of Florida

Escambia County

M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building
190 Governmental Center
4th Floor, Suite 44001
Pensacola, FL 32502

Telephone (850) 595-4409
Fax (850) 595-4413

Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County Courthouse
6865 Caroline Street
Milton, FL 32570

Telephone (850) 981-5595
Fax (850) 981-5627

Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County Courthouse  Annex Extension
1940 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Box 4
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Telephone (850) 609-4700
Fax (850) 609-5486

Walton County

Walton County Courthouse
571 Hwy. 90 East, Rm. 316
DeFuniak Springs, FL  32433

Telephone (850) 892-8170
Fax (850) 951-1416