March 16, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about Court Transcripts

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Court Transcription

faqs about court transcripts

Transcription services are available to most attorneys and even to businesses that need to have certain events recorded.

Here are several frequently asked questions about court transcripts

Why Do I Need a Court Transcript?

Transcripts provide you with a written record of your event, meeting, conference, interview or deposition. An accurate transcript can be used in a court of law as a legal exhibit, providing the judge with as close to 100% accurate representation of an event.

How Long Does a Court Reporter Keep Their Transcripts?

This will vary depending on the type of file. A death penalty case requires that the file be kept forever, while other files may only have to be kept for 10 years. When it comes to depositions, a file must be kept for 8 years if it is not transcribed and only one year if a transcribed copy exists.

What Is the Average Cost for a Court Reporter Transcript?

Prices will vary depending on the type of transcription that is needed, whether an interpreter is required, and how quickly the final transcript is needed. The transcription service will provide a detailed list of each charge associated with the service in question. Rates are extremely competitive and will vary from service to service.

How Will I Know I’m Getting the Most Accurate Transcript?

Accuracy depends on the transcriber. Work with a court reporter that has an impeccable record and a positive reputation. Court reporters take great pride in maintaining a 99 to 100% accuracy rate. They are also perfectionists and may go over a document dozens of times to ensure they are providing their clients with the highest level of accuracy.

Before contacting anyone for a transcript, make sure you know what you need. The more information you have, the more accurate their estimate will be. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of the estimate in writing so you will have it for future reference. Call Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters at 800-454-1230 today if you have more questions!

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