Court reporting is the process which creates and preserves a record of words spoken in court, and when necessary, provides their timely and accurate transcription in the event that an appeal is filed.

General Information

Administrative Order A-2010-01-E specifies the use of court reporters and the procedures related to electronic recording as well as what steps should be taken if a party wishes to make a record of a court proceeding for which the court does not provide a record.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit’s Court Reporting Services Department is a hybrid model comprised of contractual stenographic reporters and employee electronic court reporters.

The contractual stenographic court reporters cover all death penalty cases and grand jury proceedings.

The Electronic Court Reporting Department covers the following types of cases:

  • felony
  • misdemeanor
  • traffic court (excluding infractions)
  • drug court
  • first appearances
  • arraignments
  • juvenile delinquency*
  • juvenile dependency*
  • domestic violence injunctions*
  • guardianship*
  • mental health and Baker Act hearings*

Additionally, the digital court reporters cover all proceedings presided over by a General Magistrate or Hearing Officer.

 

*Recordings can only be provided to parties in the case or by court order.

 

 

 

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Contact an Electronic Court Reporting Office

Citrus County

Citrus County Courthouse

ECR Department – Room 351
110 North Apopka Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450

 

Email: citrusecr@circuit5.org
Phone: 352-341-7053

 

Hernando County

Hernando County Courthouse

ECR Department – Room 351
20 North Main Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

 

Email: hernandoecr@circuit5.org
Phone: 352-754-4164

 

Lake County

Lake County Courthouse

ECR Department – Room 1-511
550 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778

 

Email: lakeecr@circuit5.org
Phone: 352-253-1612

 

Marion County

Marion County Judicial Center

ECR Department – Room 4032
110 N.W. 1st Avenue
Ocala, FL 34475

 

Email: marionecr@circuit5.org
Phone: 352-401-7850

 

Sumter County

Sumter County Courthouse

ECR Department – Room 167
215 E. McCollum Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

 

Email: sumterecr@circuit5.org
Phone: 352-569-6970

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide transcripts?

No. The electronic court reporting department provides audio files. You may find a transcriptionist by searching the internet as we do not provide referrals.

What types of hearings are covered and NOT covered by the Electronic Court Reporting department?

Cases covered by electronic court reporting may be found in the general information section of this page.

Cases that are NOT covered by electronic court reporting are: capital death penalty cases, private adoptions, probate, domestic relations (including divorces), mediations, foreclosures, civil and traffic infraction hearings (before a judge).

How do I obtain an audio recording of a hearing?

Please complete the online request form at https://www.circuit5.org/programs-services/court-reporting/ and someone will contact you about your request and payment.

A paper copy of the request form may be obtained here and mailed to our office. Please go to Contact an Electronic Court Reporting Office for mailing addresses and phone numbers.

What Rules or Administrative Orders govern court reporting?

Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC11-22

Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, Rule 2.535, Court Reporting, and Rule 2.420, Public Access to Judicial Branch Records

Fifth Circuit Administrative Order A-2010-01-C specifies the use of court reporters and the procedures related to electronic recording, as well as what steps should be taken if a party wishes to make a record of a court proceeding for which the court does not provide a record.

Florida StatutesChapter 39.0132(3), protects confidential records and restricts releasing copies of proceedings relating to children to specified persons deemed by the court to have proper interest.

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