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An official transcript is a written record of what's said during a court proceeding, transcribed from an electronic recording by a transcriber or reporter. Transcripts are commonly used by parties seeking review by the appeals court. Approved court transcribers on the Massachusetts trial court list are selected to prepare these official transcripts.
If an Official Court Reporter recorded your proceeding in the Superior Court, you'll need to call the reporter. If you know the name of the Superior Court reporter, find their phone number in the official court reporters list (see Downloads below), or if you need further assistance, call the Superior Court at (617) 788-8130.
To order a transcript, make sure you have the proper case information, including:
You'll also need to fill out the transcript order form (see Downloads below). The order form is the same for all cases in the Superior, Suffolk Juvenile, and Boston Housing courts.
Estimated costs are based on producing approximately 50 pages of transcript for 1 hour of recording. If the length of your proceeding is 1 hour, multiply that by the respective page rate. A copy transcript can only be ordered if an original transcript has been previously prepared.
If you're determined to be indigent by the court, the state will cover the cost of the transcript.
To order the transcript by email, email your completed order form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To order the transcript by fax, fax your completed order form to (617) 878-0762.
When Transcription Services receives your completed order form, they will process your request by securing the audio recording from the court and selecting a transcriber to prepare your transcript. Shortly after that, you'll be contacted by the transcriber for a deposit payment and given an estimated completion date. You'll need to provide a deposit payment to the transcriber. When s/he receives your deposit, s/he will begin production. Transcription Services doesn't accept payments.
Before the transcriber completes your transcript, s/he will contact you for the final payment, which is required before the official transcript is completed and released to you.
After the transcriber has received the audio recording from the court, you can expect a rush transcript within 1–7 calendar days, or a regular transcript within 14–90 days. If the recording is lengthy, rush delivery could take more than 7 days.
To cancel a transcript, you must notify the transcriber in writing and compensate them for the transcript pages produced up until notification.