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A transcript is a typed copy of the Court’s audio record. A transcript is prepared by an independent transcriptionist. The transcript is made from the recording of the Court events. In-Chambers discussions and Settlement Conferences are not recorded. Small Claims and Violation trials are not routinely recorded but arrangements may be made at least one business day in advance of any hearing. Except where the transcript is ordered by the State, the cost of preparation must be paid in advance by the requesting party. Those payment arrangements are made directly between the requestor and the transcriptionist. Please view the list below for the contact information of a transcriptionist who is trained in preparation of transcripts suitable for future Court matters, or you may seek your own transcriptionist. 

The cost generally is $2.50 per page for the original and $0.25 per page for each copy (ORS 21.345). A Transcript for appeal purposes costs $3.00 per page and $0.25 per page for each copy thereafter.

Transcript preparation is a lengthy process. Advance notice is essential. 

What are the Fees for transcripts and when are they due?

The fees for transcripts are set by state law (ORS 21.345) at:

  • Up to $3.00 per page for the original transcript
  • $0.25 per page for additional copies of the transcript
Fees are paid directly to the private transcriber. The private transcriber will tell you what forms of payment they accept (cash, check, money order, credit cards, etc.) and when the payment is due.
Please Note: If you are requesting a Non-Appeal Transcript, the transcriber may charge more than $3.00 per page. The transcriber will notify you regarding those costs prior to preparation of the transcript.

When should I receive my written transcript?

The amount of time it takes for the transcriber to prepare your transcript depends on the length of the hearing or trial being transcribed and the current workload of the transcriber. Questions or concerns about the time it will take to prepare a transcript should be discussed with the assigned transcriber.