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The Court Reporter Division provides a verbatim record of courtroom proceedings. Duties include the preparation of written transcripts when requested and readback of testimony during court proceedings and to jurors during deliberations. The division is made up of Certified Shorthand Reporters licensed by the State of California. All Napa Superior Court court reporters utilize computer aided transcription.
Court Reporting Services - Official court reporters are not provided by the Court in proceedings for which such services are not legally mandated. These proceedings include civil law and motion and family law matters. If counsel wish to have the hearing on their civil law and motion matter reported, they have two options:
1. Elect to use the services of a private local court reporter that the Napa County Bar Association has arranged to be available if needed for the law and motion hearing calendars.. There is a fee paid by the party directly to the court reporter for this service, and arrangements for payment can be made on the day of the hearing. Attorneys are also advised to confirm the availability of Bar sponsored reporting services on any particular day by using the contact information listed on the Bar's website, Napa County Bar Association. There you will find further information about the program, including applicable fees.
2. Arrange for a private court reporter of their choosing to be present.
Attorneys or parties should confer with each other to avoid having more than one court reporter present for the same matter.
If you wish to order a transcript, you may send an e-mail or submit a written request. The request should include the following:
Name of the case
Exact date of the hearing
Judge who presided over the hearing
Address and/or telephone number so that the responsible court reporter can contact you with a time and cost estimate
Requests can be mailed to the address below or submitted via email to the individual court reporter.
1111 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559
Any questions call (707) 299-1185.
A court recording is an alternative method to capture court proceedings for misdemeanor or infraction cases by using an electronic recording device (Government Code 69957). A fee of $10 per CD will be assessed.
Request a copy of an electronic recording:
Limited civil cases and lower division appeals: Fawn Huss at (707) 299-1154
Criminal cases: Jodi Leveque at (707) 299-1172
Reporters Fees vs. Transcript Fees
Reporter fees are collectable in any civil case, which includes all matters other than criminal or juvenile. Fees shall be due and payable from the beginning of the hearing or trial. Unless otherwise ordered, a half-day fee shall be charged for any matter lasting more than one hour. A full day shall be charged for any matter lasting more than four hours.
Transcripts are purchased from an individual court reporter. All arrangements for preparation, delivery and payment are between the requesting party and the individual court reporter. Napa Local Rules sections 2.13 and 2.14.