The staff of the Court Reporters Office for each Court is responsible for accurately recording all courtroom proceedings and preparing certified verbatim transcripts of those proceedings as requested by attorneys, litigants or the public.
Information on obtaining a cost estimate and ordering a transcript for the Superior Court, Family Court and Court of Common Pleas are listed below.
SUPERIOR COURT OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS & TRANSCRIPTS
The Official Court Reporters for Delaware's Superior Court report courtroom proceedings and prepare certified verbatim transcripts of those proceedings upon request.
Cost estimates for transcripts of court proceedings can be obtained by providing the Court Reporters' Office with the case name and number, the date of the proceeding, and the name of the presiding judge.
To obtain a cost estimate, order a transcript, request Realtime reporting, or inquire about any other information, including the charges for Realtime reporting, you may contact the Chief Court Reporter at the address or telephone number of the appropriate courthouse listed below.
|New Castle County Courthouse
Chief Court Reporter
500 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Contact: John Donnelly
|Kent County Courthouse
Chief Court Reporter
414 Federal Street, 1st Floor
Dover, DE 19901
Contact: Andrea Saatman
|Sussex County Courthouse
Official Court Reporter
1 The Circle, Suite 2
Georgetown, DE 19947
Contact: Kathy Haynes
The cost of a transcript is based on a per-page rate, which is $3.00 for an original and one copy and $2.00 for one copy for normal delivery; $5.00 for an original and one copy and $3.00 for one copy for expedited delivery; and $6.50 for an original and one copy and $4.00 for one copy for daily, or overnight, delivery.
A deposit from one-half the estimated cost up to the total amount of the estimated cost may be required by the Court Reporters' Office prior to preparation of transcript.
Unless the ordering party is a governmental agency or a member of the Bar, any deposit is required to be made by either a money order or cash, for which a written receipt is provided.
Realtime reporting of courtroom proceedings is also available upon request. Realtime provides, almost instantaneously, the text of words spoken in the courtroom. Realtime provides access to court proceedings for hearing-impaired participants and serves as a trial management tool for judges and attorneys.
Realtime rate for a criminal case is $2.75 per page for one party or agency, or $2.30 per page for two parties or agencies. Mandatory transcript is not required except for appeal or impeachment purposes.
Realtime rate for a civil case is $2.50 per page plus mandatory transcript rate for normal delivery based on present rates.
FAMILY COURT TRANSCRIPT ORDERS
All Family Court proceedings are recorded digitally and are retained for a period of two years after the date of the hearing. Requests for transcripts should be made to the following individuals:
|In New Castle County:
|In Kent County:
|In Sussex County:
Learn how to obtain copies of divorce or annulment decrees.
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TRANSCRIPT ORDERS
The staff of the Court Reporters Office is responsible for accurately recording all court proceedings using a multi-channel digital recording system. It is also the responsibility of this office to prepare verbatim transcripts of court proceedings as requested by attorneys, litigants or the public.
All requests for transcripts for the Court of Common Pleas should be directed to Linda Lavender at (302) 255-0886.
The cost of a transcript is based on a per-page rate, which is $3.00 for an original and one copy and $2.00 for additional copies for normal delivery; $5.00 for an original and one copy and $3.00 for additional copies for expedited delivery.