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in texas are court proceeding transcripts the property of the

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in texas are court proceeding transcripts the property of the court reporter? my friend called to get a copy of the court reporters transcript and she wanted like $700.00.
can the court reporter charge whatever price she wants for it?

David C. Garner :

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Customer:

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Customer:

i see ur typing

David C. Garner :

A transcript (or more directly the record of a court proceeding) is a public document. However, much like a police accident report, the court or the reporter can charge for production of a transcript. It covers the cost of the production. They can't charge whatever they want, but it is based on size. I am sure there is a pricing scheudle somewhere.....

Customer:

my friend got one proceeding copy and it cost 165, then the second hearing one she wanted 700 for.

David C. Garner :

As to the difference, I don't know. I would ask the clerk directly. Perhaps one was longer or something.

Customer:

the clerk or the court reporter?

David C. Garner :

The clerk of the court. If you can ask the reporter directly, do that. In come courts the transcripts go through the clerks.

Customer:

the clerk sends him to a room in the back of the courthouse to talk directly to the court reporters.

David C. Garner :

Ok. In that case I would inquire about the difference. If it is the same transcript in all respects, I would think it should be the same price.

Customer:

ok tell him to ask for a price guide.

Customer:

i will tell him

Customer:

thx thats all

David C. Garner :

Something like that. To answer your question directly, yes they can charge and no they cannot charge whatever they want. As to how they compute it, thats a question for them.

David C. Garner :

I hope this helps.

Customer:

yes

Customer:

bye thx

David C. Garner :

Best of luck to you.

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