Court Testimony Transcriptions
The answer to that question is a qualified yes.
If a criminal proceeding has already been transcribed a copy of that transcript will be in the case file, and can be reviewed by any member of the public by visiting the Clerk of Courts Office on the second floor of the courthouse.
If you want to obtain a copy of a transcript, it must be ordered from the court stenographer who transcribed the proceeding. That can also be done in the Clerk of Courts Office. Off the top of my head, I believe copies are $0.50 per page.
Now, if a proceeding has NOT been transcribed, one must first motion the court to have a transcription of the proceeding made. Transcriptions can also be requested for just a portion of a proceeding, such as the testimony of a particular witness. Template court motions for transcription can be picked up in the Court Administrator’s Office, also on the second floor of the courthouse.
Here’s the kicker: If a proceeding has not yet been transcribed, the person requesting the transcription for the first time has to pay to have it done. I believe that’s around $1.50 per page, and as you might imagine, can add up very quickly.
The processes are the same for civil cases, although you would have to go through the Prothonotary’s Office instead of the Clerk of Courts. The Prothonotary’s Office is on the first floor of the courthouse.
Proceedings which take place at the Magisterial District Court level are not recorded and can not be transcribed, with the exception of preliminary hearings.
This was off the top of my head, but I believe it’s all accurate. Hope that helps.
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