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Note on accessing and using court transcripts

Find the court the person was tried in (their name, the name of the presiding judge, the part of the hearing you want and the date(s) of the trial). For example, Joe Bloggs, Giggleswick Crown Court, Judge Tom Cobbly, sentencing remarks, 30 November 2011. Each case has an individual indictment number beginning with a T, e.g. T20101685, which may be found for recent cases at www.thelawpages.com. If you know this number, use it in all correspondence.

Contact the court (to find out which company provides its transcription service). If you are not a party to the case you may need the permission of the court in order to be allowed a transcript of the case. Court permission to see a transcript is given by the judge of the case and is normal practice for cases involving sexual crimes, where reporting restrictions have been imposed and sometimes if the witnesses were vulnerable people (minors, adults with learning disabilities). You should also provide a reason for wanting the transcript, legal research is generally an acceptable reason. Transcribers will generally request a copy of the written permission of the court. You contact the court with the above case details and ask for permission for the transcript. You will need to provide the transcribing firm with the same case details because the court will not do this for you. A specific form exists for obtaining transcripts (EX107) but the system is more confusing than writing direct to court and transcriber. Usually only law firms ask for transcriptions and the system is designed around these requests and so others asking are an unusual occurrence for courts and transcribers. Often the process is simple and quick but you may need to be patient and persistent, contacting court or transcribers more than once.

Although transcripts will sometimes have the names of complainants redacted, this is not always the case. It is vital that if redaction has not occurred, and/or where there have been reporting restrictions, material is appropriately anonymized.

 
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