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Learn about indigent court proceeding transcripts

Find out what the process for ordering court proceeding transcripts is if you can't pay the fee.

Indigent transcripts

Indigent transcripts, paid for by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, are prepared within 90 days. Deposits and final payments aren't required. When Transcription Services receives the audio recording from the court, a transcriber will be assigned to prepare your transcript.

Transcripts for direct appeals, regardless of the cost, paid at the standard rate, and other transcripts under $1,000, paid at the standard rate, are considered ordinary costs of litigation — no motion for funds or authorization beforehand is necessary.

The Committee pays for transcriptions, which have been requested and allowed by motion, filed by the defense attorney on behalf of their indigent client, or which have been requested by the court because of the defense attorney's motion to appeal, at the following rates:

  • $3 per page for an original transcript
  • 10 cents per page for a copy transcript
  • $5 for an electronic reproduction

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