Ordering Court Transcripts

Parties involved in proceedings are able to order a transcript of the proceeding heard in the ACT Courts and the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT). Members of the public may also apply for a transcript - provided that the Registrar is satisfied as to the reason for the application.

On 16 September EPIQ (formerly DTI Merrill) will take over as provider of recording and transcription services to the ACT Courts and ACAT.

The process for ordering is dependent on where and when the matter was heard.

  • For ACT Supreme Court, ACT Magistrates Court or ACAT transcripts or audio CD of proceeding heard on or after Monday 17 September 2018, please order via this form.
  • For ACT Supreme Court or ACT Magistrates Court transcripts or audio CD of proceedings heard between 16 December 2013 and 15 September 2018 please order via Spark and Canon’s Party Request Form.
  • For ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal transcripts of audio CD of proceedings heard between 9 December 2013 and 15 September 2018 please order via Spark and Canon’s Party Request Form.
  • For ACT Supreme Court or ACT Magistrate Court transcripts or audio CD of proceedings heard before 16 December 2013 should fill in the order form from EPIQ (Formerly DTI Merrill Corporation).
  • For ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal transcripts or audio CD of proceedings heard before 9 December 2013 complete the order form from EPIQ (Formerly DTI Merrill Corporation).

Send your completed order form to EPIQ (Formerly Merrill Corporation) who will advise you when your transcript or audio CD will be available for collection or delivery.

Transcripts and the ACT Courts and Tribunal  

ACT Courts and Tribunal are not responsible for providing the requesting party with transcripts. Please contact EPIQ directly on 6230 4110 or actcourts@epiqglobal.com if you have any questions concerning transcription services.

Transcript Fees

The fees charged by both companies for transcripts or audio CDs are set out in their order forms.

If parties (including the court) order the same transcript with the same turnaround time ( e.g. same day, next day etc.) and the orders are placed with EPIQ within 7 days of each other, EPIQ will share the transcript costs between those ordering.

Parties are encouraged to consult with one another and the relevant associate, in a timely manner, to consider whether the sharing of transcript costs can be facilitated.

If agreement is reached to order the same transcript with the same turnaround time and orders are placed with EPIQ within 7 days of each other, it is recommended that parties draw the sharing of costs request to the attention of EPIQ such as in the covering email sending the transcript request. Parties may also choose to copy in the other parties in their email request.

When will a court or the ACAT provide a free audio recording or transcript of a hearing?

Applications may be made to the relevant Court or Tribunal Registrar for a free transcript or access to the audio recording of a proceeding.

If the Registrar does not agree to provide a free transcript or recording then you may be able to negotiate with the other party to share the transcript fees between the parties.  For information on this please see the transcript order form.

The Registrar will consider the application and may agree to provide a free transcript or audio recording in the following circumstances:

  • The Registrar believes that imposition of the fee would impose hardship
  • The applicant is represented by the Aboriginal Legal Service, Canberra Community Law Limited (including Street Law) and Women’s Legal Centre (ACT and Region) Incorporated
  • The applicant is the holder of a current Commonwealth issued:
    • Health Care Card;
    • Low Income Health Care Card; or
    • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Where the applicant is Legal Aid and:
    • the transcript relates to a daily transcript of a Supreme Court trial of a person with a grant of legal assistance from Legal Aid
    • the transcript is for a trial or sentence where there is an appeal to the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal against conviction or sentence in relation to a person with a grant of legal assistance from Legal Aid
    • the transcript is of a criminal proceeding against a person, or civil proceeding involving a person, with a grant of legal assistance from Legal Aid ACT, where that transcript has been ordered by the presiding judge or magistrate

Where the Registrar agrees to provide a free transcript or recording the Registrar will consider in the first instance the payment for an audio disk and in limited circumstances provision of a written transcript.

Depending on where the matter has been heard, send your completed application to either the Registrar of the Supreme Court, the Magistrates Court or ACAT.

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