Official court reporters for San Luis Obispo County Superior Court provide the verbatim record of court proceedings in felony criminal and juvenile delinquency and dependency cases as provided by statute and/or local rule, and in family law and civil matters so long as an official court reporter is available. Pro Tem court reporters are used by the court on a regular basis to provide coverage for all case types. At the present time the Court provides reporters for its unlmited civil and family law courtrooms.
To be employed by the Superior Court, a court reporter must possess a valid Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) license, which is granted to successful candidates who pass the two-day examination administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs of the State of California.
There is a difference between paying "court reporter appearance fees" and "purchasing a transcript." Pursuant to Government Code Section 69953, in contested family law and unlimited civil case hearings lasting more than one hour and in all civil law and motion matters, parties must pay "court reporter appearance fees" to ensure the presence of a court reporter. These fees are collected by the Court in the Jury Services office.
When "purchasing a transcript," the person or party is contracting with an individual court reporter for the actual transcript of the proceedings, pursuant to Government Code Section 69950. Transcript costs are governed by code and all arrangements for preparation, delivery and payment of transcript are between the requesting party and the individual court reporter. Official court reporters may be contacted directly by telephone or by email as indicated on the list below.
Supervising Court Reporter: Anna Hernandez
The San Luis Obispo County Superior Court also employs licensed pro tem court reporters on a regular basis. If the name of the court reporter you wish to contact is not on the list above, please call the Courtroom Operations Transcript Request Line at (805) 788-3454 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.
Attorneys or private citizens who have a need for the written record of a public court proceeding may purchase a transcript directly from the court reporter who reported the hearing. The interested party should personally contact the court reporter and make arrangements for the preparation of the transcript. The following information will be required before a transcript can be prepared:
The name of the court reporter who reported the hearing can be found on the minute order for that hearing, which is prepared by the courtroom clerk. You may view or purchase a copy of the minute order at the clerk's office during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). You may contact the court reporter directly by telephone, e-mail, or fill out a "Request for Transcript" form, which is available in the clerk's office or may be downloaded from this web site.
The San Luis Obispo County Superior Court employs licensed pro tem court reporters on a regular basis. If the name of the court reporter who reported the hearing you are interested in is not listed on this web site, please call the Courtroom Operations Transcript Request/Reservation line at (805) 788-3454.
Transcripts are purchased on a per page basis, as governed by Government Code Section 69950. The court reporter will contact you with an estimate of the cost of the transcript. The court reporter will not release the transcript until payment has been received.
To request court reporter transcripts, please complete the Application for Transcripts of Juvenile hearings. Submit the completed application to the courtroom clerk or the clerk’s office at Juvenile Services Center or in Room 220 at the Courthouse Annex.
Upon approval by the Judge of the Juvenile Court, you will be contacted with information regarding payments and transcripts preparation.
Click here for a copy of the Application for Transcripts of Juvenile hearings.