Official court reporters are normally available in felony criminal cases, juvenile matters, and family law matters (with the exception of family law trials), during regular court hours. Official court reporters are not normally available in civil matters, or probate matters. See the court's Policy Regarding Normal Availability and Unavailability of Official Court Reporters (see SDSC Form #ADM-317) for the full policy.
Effective November 30, 2021, the court’s policy for normal availability and unavailability of official court reporters will be changing. Official court reporters will no longer be provided for family law matters with the exception of Family Support Division (FSD) matters and Contempt Hearings.
- Information on how to arrange for and pay for a certified shorthand reporter for a hearing is included in the list of materials provided below.
- To request a refund if court reporter fees were paid for a hearing scheduled on or after November 30, 2021, for which a court reporter will no longer be provided, complete a Request for Payment of Trust Funds/Refund (SDSC Form # CIV-180) and submit it in person or by mail to the business office in the division where the case is assigned.
- A party who has been granted a waiver of court fees and costs may request the services of an official court reporter for a proceeding for which a reporter is not normally available and for which electronic recording is not provided. Such a request should be made using the Request for Court Reporter by a Party with a Fee Waiver form (SDSC Form #ADM-379), available below, and must be filed with the clerk at least 10 days before the proceeding, or at the time the proceeding is scheduled if less than 10 days away. Failure to comply with this request procedure may result in the court being unable to provide a court reporter or a continuance of the hearing. Party(ies) to the case who do not qualify for a waiver of court fees and costs will be responsible for a pro rata share of the fees.
Note: The court is not obligated to provide court reporter transcripts free of charge to a party who has been granted a waiver of court fees and costs. (See Jameson v. Desta (2018) 5 Cal.5th 594, 623-625.) Assistance may be available through the Transcript Reimbursement Fund. Further information is available on the California Court Reporters Board's website.
The following materials provide information related to official court reporters, including official reporters pro tempore.
- Notice to Attorneys, re Changes in Policy Regarding Court Reporters
- Policy Regarding Normal Availability and Unavailability of Official Court Reporters (Form #ADM-317)
- Request for Court Reporter by a Party with a Fee Waiver (Form #ADM-379)
- Official Reporter Pro Tempore Policy (Form #ADM-315)
- Policy for Court-Approved List of Official Reporters Pro Tempore (Form #ADM-313)
- Court-Approved Official Reporter Pro Tempore Agreement (Form #ADM-314)
- Appointment of Official Reporter Pro Tempore (Form #ADM-316)
- Guide for Official Reporters Pro Tempore (Form #ADM-318)
- Official Reporter Pro Tempore Electronic Notes Upload/Archiving Policy (Form #ADM-319)
- Receipt for Privately Retained Reporter's Transcript(s) – TRUST FUND ONLY (Form #APL-152)
- Transcript Guidelines
- Request for Transcript (Form #ADM-394)
- Frequently Asked Questions (Official Reporters Pro Tempore)
The Court-Approved List of Official Reporters Pro Tempore is available below. The names are randomized nightly and the lists are separated by location in which the reporter is willing to work. The "All" list is a compilation of all court-approved official reporters pro tempore. See the materials above, including the Policy for Court-Approved List of Official Reporters Pro Tempore, for additional information.