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Minutes

Transcripts, often referred to as "minutes", are the written version of the words or "testimony" spoken in a courtroom during a hearing or trial. All testimony is recorded by either a court reporter or an electronic recording device. The majority of Family Court proceedings, including ALL child support matters are electronically recorded. In certain proceedings, such as Juvenile Delinquency, a court reporter is usually present to record the proceedings.


How to obtain minutes

There is a per page fee for all transcripts. The fee may change based upon the transcription service or time frame for completion of your order. Expedited service is available at a higher fee. Transcripts and/or minutes are different than Court Orders or a Clerk's Certificate of Disposition. The Family Court does not charge a fee for Certified Court Orders or a Certificate of Disposition. If you are not sure what you need, please contact your local court prior to requesting transcripts.

You MUST be a party to the action or an attorney of record in order to obtain minutes of the proceeding.

In order to obtain the minutes you need to provide the court with the following information:

  1. Your name, address and phone number
  2. The names of the Petitioner and Respondent
  3. The docket number of the case(s)
  4. The name of the Judge, Support Magistrate or Referee
  5. The date(s) of the court proceeding(s)
  6. The court part in which the case was heard.

If you do not have this information, you may contact the Family Court, either in person or by phone in the county from which you are ordering the minutes. The court will be able to provide the above information, as well as tell you in which manner (electronic or by court reporter) your case was recorded.

NYC Family Court General Information...

Bronx: 718-618-2098
Kings (Brooklyn): 347-401-9600
New York (Manhattan) [including Child Support Enforcement Term "CSET"]: 646-386-5200
Queens: 718-298-0197
Richmond (Staten Island): 718-675-8800

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Requests for Transcripts Prepared by Transcription Services

If your case was recorded by an electronic recording device, you will need to consult the roster of Transcription Services and contact them at the phone number provided.

The Transcription Service will be able to provide information regarding:

1. Rates per page
2. Method of payment
3. Time frame for completion of your order
4. If a "rush" or expedited service is available and how much additional the fee will be.

After you choose which Transcription Service you wish to use, complete the REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT FORM (Adobe PDF*) and be sure all information requested is provided.

Return the completed Request for Transcript in person or by mail to the Family Court located in the county in which the case was heard.

You must provide the court with a current photocopy of a government issued photo ID. If you are unable to provide a current government issued photo ID, you MUST return the Request for Transcript IN PERSON.


*Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Requests for Transcripts Prepared by Family Court Reporters

If your case was prepared by an official court reporter you will need to contact the Court Reporters' Office in the county in which the hearing was held (see list below).

NYC Family Court General Information...

Bronx: 718-618-2081
Kings (Brooklyn): 347-401-9932
New York (Manhattan): 646-386-5070
Queens: 718-298-0156
Richmond (Staten Island): 718-675-8867

The Court Reporters' Office will be able to provide information regarding:

1. Rates per page
2. Method of payment
3. Time frame for completion of your order
4. If a "rush" or expedited service is available and how much additional the fee will be.

Complete the REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT FORM (Adobe PDF*) and be sure all information requested is provided.
Return the completed Request for Transcript in person or by mail to the Family Court located in the county in which the case was heard.

You must provide the court with a current photocopy of a government issued photo ID. If you are unable to provide a current government issued photo ID, you MUST return the Request for Transcript IN PERSON.


*Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

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