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CIRCUIT COURT REPORTING FAQs


Are all proceedings at the 13th Judicial Circuit either digitally recorded or stenographically recorded for circuit and county criminal cases?

Yes. preliminary presentation, misdemeanor, criminal, traffic, juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency, and domestic violence cases are digitally recorded. Felony court is a hybrid model, which utilizes both digital recording and stenographic recorded proceedings.

For civil, family and civil traffic infraction cases, it is the responsibility of the litigants to hire a court reporter.

 

Can I order an audio CD or a transcript from a court hearing? And how?

Yes. You may obtain a copy of the audio CD or printed transcript from any digitally recorded proceeding. If the proceeding was stenographically reported only the transcript is available.


To order an audio CD or transcript from a court hearing, you should note whether the division  has a digital or stenographic court reporter and contact accordingly:


CRIMINAL JUSTICE & TRIAL

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

A

Cambell, Lisa D.

Digital

514-5100

B

Stephens, Scott

Digital

514-5100

C

Ward, Samantha L.

Steno

307-3597

D

Moody, Ashley B.

Digital

514-5100

E

Holder, Gregory P.

Steno

307-3597

F

Fernandez, Kimberly

Steno

307-3597

G

Ficarrotta, Ronald N.

Steno

307-3597

H

Tharpe, Chet A.

Steno

307-3597

I

Cook, Martha J.

Stenol

307-3597

J

Behnke, Debra K.

Digital

514-5100

K

Perry, Daniel L.

Steno

307-3597

TRIAL 1

Behnke, Debra K.

Steno

307-3597

TRIAL 2

Fuente, William

Steno

307-3597

TRIAL 3 

Battles, Lamar

Steno

307-3597
       

DRUG COURT

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

W

Espinosa, Jack, Jr.

Digital

514-5100

Y

Pomponio, Denise A.

Digital

514-5100



EMERGENCY

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

O

Henrich, Walter R.

Digital

514-5100



UNIFIED FAMILY COURT: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

G

Lefler, Lawrence, M.

Digital

514-5100

H

Farr, Scott A.

Digital

514-5100



UNIFIED FAMILY COURT: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

A

Rice, Elizabeth         

Digital

514-5100

B

Tesche, Caroline J.

Digital

514-5100

F

Barbas, Rex M.

Digital

514-5100



UNIFIED FAMILY COURT: JUVENILE DRUG COURT

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

E

Pomponio, Denise A.

Digital

514-5100



UNIFIED FAMILY COURT: JUVENILE DEPENDENCY

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

C

Lopez, Manuel A.

Digital

514-5100

D

Peacock, Emily

Digital

514-5100

I

Stoddard, Ralph

Digital

514-5100

J

Espinosa, Jack Jr.

Digital

514-5100

S

Corvo, Vivian T.

Digital

514-5100

M

Stoddard, Ralph C.

Digital

514-5100

V

Essrig, Katherine G.

Digital

514-5100



EAST CIRCUIT – UNIFIED FAMILY COURT: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

S

Senior Judge

Steno

514-5100



COUNTY CRIMINAL

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

A

Dominguez, James V.

Digital

514-5100

B

Myers, Eric R.

Digital

514-5100

C

Conrad, John R.

Digital

514-5100

D

Greco, Dick, Jr.

Digital

514-5100

E

Courtney, Margaret T.

Digital

514-5100

G

Jeske, Paul T.

Digital

514-5100



COUNTY CRIMINAL: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

F

Weis, Richard A.

Digital

514-5100



FIRST APPEARANCE

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

O

Heinrich, Walter R.

Digital

514-5100



EAST COUNTY

DIVISION

JUDGE

DIGITAL/STENO

CONTACT NUMBER

P

McNeil Art E.

Digital

514-5100

Q

McNeil Art E.

Digital

514-5100


Can anyone obtain transcripts of court proceedings?

Yes, According to Florida’s Sunshine Law, Chapter 286.011, Florida Statutes, transcripts of proceedings are considered public record, with the exception of certain matters which are confidential by law.

 

What types of court reporting methods does the 13th Judicial Circuit use?

Staff Stenographers provide traditional stenographic services in some felony divisions.

Digital Court Reporting captures and records, with the assistance of encoding hardware and software, the complete verbatim multi-media court record of any and all proceedings before the divisions of the court, as specified for transcription.

 

Who is the provider of the digital court reporting system?

Digital Court Reporting is provided by WUSF, as general contractor through its subcontractor: Records Transcripts, Inc. (813) 514-5100.

 

What laws govern court reporting?

Fla. Statutes: Section 25.383 (Standards for Court Reporters)

Fla. Statutes: Section 27.0061 (Transcripts in Criminal Cases)

Fla. Statutes: Section 90.108(2) (Transcripts as Prima Facie Evidence)

Fla. Statutes: Section 839.24 (Penalty for Failure to Perform)

Fla. Statutes: Section 905.26 and 905.27 (Governing Grand Jury Proceedings)

Fla. Rules of Judicial Administration: Rules 2.050 (b) (6) & (g) (Requirements/Directives of the Judge)

Fla. Rule 2.070 (Court Reporting Standards and Requirements)

Fla. Rule 2.075 (e) (Retention of Court Records)
Fla. Rules of Appellate Procedure: Rule 9.200 (requirements for the Appellate Record)

 

Who may I contact for further information about Court Reporting?

Circuit Court Reporting Services
813-307-3597