Court Transcription Guidelines

JUDICIAL GREFFE

COURT TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE

 

Guidelines for the production of and payment for transcriptions of Court proceedings.

Criminal Cases

Transcriptions can be produced in the following circumstances:-

    1. All appeals against conviction and/or sentence.
    2. All appeals arising from interlocutory hearings under the Police and Criminal Evidence Law (PPCE).
    3. Where more than one hearing is involved it is the responsibility of the Advocate or litigant in person to inform the Transcription Department of which hearings or parts of hearings they wish to have transcribed. NB Judges only require the sections of the transcripts that are relevant to the appeal in question, providing the entire transcript wastes time, money and paper.
    4. Old style committal hearings

     

  1. Following any request from Court of Appeal Judges, the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Commissioners of the Royal Court, the Judicial Greffier or the Deputy Judicial Greffier.
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  3. Following any request from an Advocate of the Royal Court or a litigant in person for a transcript of proceedings required for a bundle for Royal Court hearings.
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  5. Following requests from Advocates of the Royal Court or litigants in person for transcripts for reasons other than those stated above, e.g. to assist in pre-trial preparation. These requests will be considered under the following criteria:
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      • If the person requesting the transcript is a litigant in person
      • Current workload in the department
      • Size of transcription requested
      • Time scale


    If it is not possible to provide the transcript in question then alternative arrangements can be made for you to access the audio recording of the hearing in question.

    When requesting a transcript the following information must be supplied:

      • Date of the hearing
      • Court in which it was held
      • How much of the hearing is required
      • Preferred deadline
         

    Payment for criminal case transcriptions

    1. No charge for:
        1. Legally aided appellants/applicants (copy of legal aid certificate to be provided)
        2. Litigants in person residing at La Moye
        3. Requests from Judges/Commissioners

       

    2. Full cost of transcript at relevant rate depending on whether it was completed in-house or out-sourced for:
        1. All transcripts provided for appellants/applicants who are funding their own legal representation, including litigants in person.
        2. All transcripts provided under section 4 above.
        3. All transcripts produced in-house are charged per page.
    3. Copies of transcripts in criminal cases are provided to the Crown at no additional cost. This is also the case for a defendant where the case is a Reference by the Crown.
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    Civil Cases

    Transcriptions can be produced in the following circumstances:-

    1. Following requests by advocates or litigants in person for Court of Appeal hearings
    2. The Advocate or litigant in person must request the transcription. Unlike criminal appeals transcriptions are not automatically produced in civil cases. If no request is received then the transcription will not be produced.

       

    3. Requests by advocates or litigants in person for bundles for Royal Court hearings.
    4. See Criminal Cases paragraph 3 above.

    5. Any request from Court of Appeal Judges, the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Commissioners of the Royal Court, the Judicial or the Deputy Judicial Greffier.
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    7. Requests from Advocates of the Royal Court or litigants in person for transcripts for reasons other than those stated above, e.g. to assist in pre-trial preparation, will be considered under the following criteria:
        • If the person requesting the transcript is a litigant in person
        • Current workload in the department
        • Size of transcription requested
        • Time scale

If it is not possible to provide the transcript in question then alternative arrangements can be made for you to access the audio recording of the hearing in question.

When requesting a transcript the following information must be supplied:

      • Date of the hearing
      • Court in which it was held
      • How much of the hearing is required
      • Preferred deadline

     

    Payment for civil case transcriptions

    All transcripts for civil cases will be charged at the applicable rate unless they are requested by a judge or an exemption certificate has been obtained from the Viscounts department. Copies of the transcript will be provided to the Respondent parties at no additional cost but any other qualifying party requesting a copy will be charged at £1 per page.


    General

    Please note that all requests will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

    No part of any transcription of Court proceedings can be reproduced or transmitted by any means without the prior permission of the Jersey Courts’ Transcription Service.

    Transcripts are only provided to parties who have a direct involvement in an on-going case, i.e. litigants and/or their legal representatives.

    A CD will only be released with the permission of the presiding judge and under the guidelines issued by the Jersey Courts Transcription Service.

    Court proceedings are not automatically transcribed and are not available to the general public, although members of the public can attend any hearings in any Court unless the proceedings are heard IN CAMERA.

    All reasoned judgments relating to Court proceedings (unless IN CAMERA) are available on the Jersey Law website.

    Any recordings made of any Court proceedings by anyone other than the official Court Services recorder are held to be a contempt of Court.

    The Jersey Courts’ Transcription Service can be contacted on the following numbers:

    The Royal Court and Court of Appeal: 441300

    The Magistrates and Petty Debts Courts and Youth Panel: 440452

     

    Jersey Court Transcription Service

    May 2016


Page Last Updated: 18 May 2016