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).
For more information, please visit or contact the reporters’ office in your county.
Offices of the Circuit Court Reporter
First Judicial Circuit of Florida
M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building
Telephone (850) 595-4409
Santa Rosa County
Santa Rosa County Courthouse
Telephone (850) 981-5595
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension
Telephone (850) 609-4700
Walton County Courthouse
Telephone (850) 892-8170