Court transcript FAQs

Find the answers to your court transcriptions questions; whether relating to admin court, criminal court, civil court or private transcriptions.

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Contacting us about a transcript

How do I contact you if I need an update on my transcript request?

If you would like an update on the status of your request, please contact us via the relevant email address.

What are your opening hours?

We are open from 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Opus 2 attended the hearing and produced the transcript. Who should I contact?

Such cases are handled by another Opus 2 department. Please contact casemanagers@opus2.com for assistance with your request.

Where do I find the court contact details?

You can find court contact details here.

Court transcript process

What is Opus 2's process for producing a transcript?

There are essentially three stages to our transcription process: Pre-transcription, Transcription and Post-transcription. There are slight variations in the process depending on whether or not your transcript relates to a court hearing.

Pre-transcription
In the pre-transcription stage, we provide a transcript cost estimate. If you are happy with the estimate, we ask you to confirm your wish to proceed and make the appropriate payment. Unless the transcript is paid for at public expense, you are an existing client with whom we have a prior arrangement or you are a government body, we must receive payment before we can proceed to transcribe.

Court hearing
You must send Form EX107 to the court (and a copy to us, please see the relevant email address) to request permission for the transcript. If the court grants permission, the signed EX107 is sent to us together with the recording. Depending on when the hearing was held, the recording will be sent to us either on a CD or as an electronic file. On receipt of the recording, we check to ensure we have been sent the correct recording and we identify when the hearing or (part(s) of the hearing) begins and ends – we refer to this as "verification".

Other recordings
The recording is normally sent to us at the same time payment is made. At this stage, you should also tell us whether you have any specific requirements in relation to how you would like the transcript to be set out (for example, how you would like the speaker to be labelled and whether you require timestamps). If you are unsure of the format, please see here for examples of our standard format. Once the recording is received it will be verified (i.e. we will check to ensure the recording is as expected in terms of length and audio quality).

Once the recording is verified it is assigned to a transcriber for transcription within the chosen turnaround time. This closes the Pre-transcription stage.

Transcription
The transcription stage commences once the recording is assigned to a transcriber or transcribers. Depending on the length of the recording and to ensure that we can offer you the best turnaround time, the transcript may be completed by more than one transcriber. All our transcribers work to the same standards, so the transcript will be seamless.

We move to the next stage once the draft transcript is produced.

Post-transcription
In the post-transcription stage, the draft transcript is reviewed in detail by our staff. We refer to this as "quality checking". All transcripts are quality checked to ensure compliance with our strict quality standards.

Where a transcript relates to a court hearing, unless the transcript is a judgment, it will be released to you once it has been quality checked. Where the transcript is a judgment it is first sent to the judge for approval. We do not have any control over the length of time it takes to approve the judgment. The judgment will be released to you once it has been approved by the judge.

A transcript that does not relate to a court hearing will be released to you once it has been quality checked.

If payment is due but was not made in the Pre-transcription stage, an invoice will normally be issued within 10 working days of you receiving the transcript. Payment is required within 30 days.  Your order will be closed once payment is made.

Who can order a transcript?

Anyone can order a transcript. However, the court’s permission is required before we (or anyone) can produce the transcript.

How do I order a court transcript?

Transcripts are ordered by completing Form EX107. The EX107 is the form used to request the court's permission for a hearing, or part(s) of a hearing, to be transcribed. The form should be completed and sent to the court where the hearing took place and copied to us at the relevant email address (details of which are located here). For further information please refer to the Guidance Note.

We will provide an estimate of the cost for the transcript. If you are happy with the estimate, we ask you to confirm your wish to proceed and make the appropriate payment. Unless the transcript is paid for at public expense, you are an existing client with whom we have a prior arrangement or you are a government body, we must receive payment before we can proceed to transcribe. We will commence transcription once we receive payment and the court signed EX107 together with the recording.

I have a transcript from another company which I am not happy with. Can Opus 2 provide another transcript for me?

A court hearing cannot be transcribed by two different companies, so we would be unable to assist. We recommend that you liaise with the original transcription company to attempt to resolve your dissatisfaction.

If the transcript does not relate to a court hearing, we would be happy to review the audio to see if we can assist. Please contact us to request an estimate. It would be useful if you also provide a copy of the existing transcript and details of what you find unsatisfactory about it to private.dt@opus2.digital or as a hard copy to Opus 2 Digital Transcription, 5th Floor, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF.

Alternatively, you can send the recording electronically, via our Opus 2 Transfer platform. Opus 2 Transfer is our secure file transfer platform through which we can securely send and receive data. It is easy to use - all you need is an email address. Please contact us for further information.

Can you begin the transcription without the EX107 form?

We cannot transcribe if we do not have the court signed EX107.

I don’t know some of the case details. How can I get the information?

The court may be able to assist you in obtaining the information you need. We recommend that you contact the court where the proceedings/hearing took place for assistance. You can find court contact details here.

My transcript will be paid for at public expense. How do I show this?

Unless the court themselves submit the EX107, the EX107 that you submit must be accompanied by a sealed court order showing that the court has ordered the transcript to be paid for at public expense.

I have ordered a transcript at public expense. When will you send the transcript to me?

Where a transcript is paid for at public expense, the court (as the party paying for the transcript) becomes the transcript requestor. As such, the transcript will be provided to the court and the court will then distribute it as appropriate.

My transcript is not a judgment. Does it have to be approved by the judge?

Not all transcripts require judge’s approval. However, occasionally a judge may direct that the draft transcript is referred to him/her for approval. Where this occurs, the draft transcript is sent to the judge for review to ensure he/she is satisfied with the content. The transcript is released only once the judge has given approval.

There is no set timeframe for the judge to approve the transcript. The time taken depends on the judge and his/her schedule. For this reason, our turnaround times do not include the approval time.

What happens if the court sends the wrong recording?

If the wrong recording is sent to us, we will contact the court to request the correct recording. The turnaround time will begin when we receive the correct recording.

Can I get a copy of the court recording?

We are unable to provide a copy of the recording to you. However, you can contact the court to request permission to listen to the recording yourself. You may have to attend the court to listen to the recording.

Opus 2 has already produced the transcript. Can you tell me who requested it?

We are unable to release information about requests made by another party.

Why has the court sent my transcript request to you, when I wanted another company to produce the transcript?

One possible reason is that we are the only company authorised to produce the transcript. We are the exclusive transcript providers for hearings held in the North East Crown Courts. A list of the North East Crown Courts is found here. Similarly, we produce all judgments from the London Administrative Court. If your transcript request relates to a hearing in one of these courts you can obtain the transcript only from us (which the court should be aware of) and it is likely that, in an effort to expedite the process, the court sent the request to us rather than require you to amend your request.

Alternatively, it may be that your request relates to a hearing that we have already transcribed. If that is the case, the court would have sent the request to us for a copy of the transcript to be provided to you.

The hearing was held in a North East Crown Court, but I don't want Opus 2 to transcribe. Can I use another transcription company?

Opus 2 is the exclusive transcription provider for Crown Court hearings in the North East region. You cannot obtain a transcript from another provider.

I don’t want Opus 2 to transcribe a judgment from the London Administrative Court. Can I use another transcription company?

We have exclusive responsibility for transcribing Administrative Court judgments. You cannot obtain the transcript from another provider.

The part of the hearing I want to transcribe is less than 20 minutes. Can you transcribe it for me?

We are unable to transcribe extracts of 20 minutes or less.

I know there was an Opus 2 representative at the hearing. Why was the representative there?

Opus 2 court reporters (alternatively referred to as loggers) are sometimes required to attend hearings in the Administrative Court, at the judges' request. The court reporter is responsible for noting relevant information to aid the transcription that will follow the hearing. The court reporter does not take part in the proceedings.

Can I get a transcript of a hearing that took place more than 10 years ago?

This depends on the court. The court may have destroyed the recording, but it is possible that they have retained it. We recommend that you contact the court to find out. You can find the contact details of the court here.

I've changed my mind about the transcription. How can I cancel my order?

Please let us know as soon as possible by contacting us by email or phone. Our contact details are here.

No charge will be incurred if you cancel your order before the recording is assigned to a transcriber.

If you decide to cancel your order after the recording has been allocated you will be charged for the number of folios completed at the time of cancellation.

Any refund due will be reimbursed within 10 working days of cancellation.

Delivery and timescales

What service levels do you offer?

We offer a variety of timeframes, as detailed below. Our service levels are strictly subject to availability, although we will make every effort to accommodate your request if possible.

Each service has a different charge rate, which varies depending on the jurisdiction. Please contact us for the rate applicable to the service levels.

  • 2 working days
  • 3 working days
  • 7 working days
  • 12 working days

If your transcript does not relate to a court hearing we may be able to offer a 24-hour turnaround. Please contact us to discuss.

When will I receive the transcript?

Unless exceptional circumstances arise, the transcript will be provided to you within the turnaround time selected. The turnaround time begins from the date we receive the recording or payment (where upfront payment is required), whichever is later.

The exception to this is a transcript of a judgment. A judgment must be approved by the judge. We do not have any control over the time taken for approval, therefore this time is not included in our turnaround timeframe. The judgment will be sent to you once it is approved.

How long does it take for the judgment to be approved by the Judge?

There is no set timeframe for the judge to approve a judgment. The time taken depends on the judge and his/her schedule. For this reason, our turnaround times do not include judgment approval time.

How will you send the transcript to me?

Your completed transcript will be sent to you by e-mail as a Word document. It will be sent to the email address detailed on the EX107. If you do not have an email address the transcript will be sent to the postal address detailed on the EX107.

Why haven’t I received the transcript?

We provide the transcript to you as soon as we can, in accordance with the timeframe you have selected. However, this is dependent on receipt of the recording from the court and, where the transcript is a judgment, approval of the judgment. We do not have any control over either of these events.

If you have not received the transcript within the timeframe you expected, it may be that we await either the recording from the court in order to start transcription, or (if the transcript is a judgment) the judge's approval of the transcript in order to release it.

If you would like an update on the status of your request, please email us and we will revert to you.

Types of transcript

Do I have to order the whole hearing?

You do not have to order the whole hearing. Depending on the jurisdiction, you can order one or more of the following types of transcription:

Criminal jurisdiction

  • Whole Hearing
  • Prosecution opening of the facts
  • Mitigation
  • Judge's summing up
  • Sentencing remarks
  • Sentencing hearing
  • Proceedings after verdict
  • Evidence
  • Counsel's opinion/closing remarks
  • Legal argument(s) and ruling
  • Confiscation ruling
  • Other

Civil jurisdiction

  • Whole Hearing
  • Counsel's opening/closing submissions
  • Evidence
  • Judgment
  • Proceedings after judgment
  • Other
View explanatory notes
Is the court transcript a verbatim or intelligent transcript?

Unless otherwise directed by the court, judgments are produced as intelligent transcripts which are subject to the judge's approval.

All other aspects of the hearing are produced as verbatim transcripts unless otherwise directed by the court.

Can you transcribe a video?

We can transcribe from a video. We can transcript the actions, as well as the words that are spoken. Please contact us on private.dt@opus2.com for a cost estimate.

Where the transcript is not of a court hearing, apart from the recording, what other information do you need?

The information needed depends on the transcript type. However, in general, it is useful to have the following information:

  • the names (including titles) of the parties who speak or is referred to in the recording
  • job titles of the parties, if relevant
  • meeting agenda, if relevant
  • note of the previous meeting(s) if this is referred to in the current meeting
  • copy of any document mentioned in the recording, if the content of the document is material to the points discussed in the current meeting
  • date and time of the meeting, if this is not mentioned in the recording

All our staff agree to maintain confidentiality as a condition of their employment. All our transcribers sign a statement of compliance, data protection confidentiality and security agreement. Confidentiality is always maintained, in accordance with our data protection policy.

Cost and payments

How much does a transcript cost?

There is no fixed cost for a transcript. The cost depends on the number of folios and the turnaround time selected.

The actual number folios are not known prior to transcription, even if the length of the recording is known. This is because the rate of speaking varies from person to person, so the recording’s length is not a precise basis for determining the cost. Therefore, prior to transcription, we can provide only an estimate of the likely cost. Our estimate reflects what is, in our experience, the average number of words spoken during an hour-long recording. The number of folios can ultimately be more, or less, than our estimate.

Please see below for the current rates applicable to court transcripts at the respective service levels. Please contact us for rates applicable to other transcripts.

 

Folio rate exc. VAT (one folio is 72 words)

Turnaround (from date of receipt of audio)

Civil & Family

Criminal

Administrative Court & Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

24 hours

£2.61

£1.74

£1.88

2 working days

£2.30

£ 1.63

£1.46

3 working days

£1.99

£1.52

£1.31

7 working days

£1.78

£ 1.42

£1.15

12 working days

£1.67

£1.33

£1.04

Why can't you tell me the exact cost for the transcript?

The ultimate cost depends on the number of folios and the turnaround time selected. We do not know the number of folios prior to transcription; therefore, prior to transcription, we cannot know the ultimate cost. Although the length of the recording may be known, the actual folio will not be known until the transcript is completed. This is because the rate of speaking varies from person to person, so the recording’s length is not a precise basis for determining the cost. Therefore, prior to transcription, we can provide only an estimate. Our estimate reflects what is, in our experience, the average number of words spoken during an hour-long recording. The number of folios can ultimately be more, or less, than our estimate.

I've paid for the transcript, but the cost is less than I paid. What happens to the extra money?

Any overpayment will be reimbursed to you via BACS transfer, or by cheque if that is your preference, within 7 working days.

How do I pay for a transcript?

We accept payment by BACS transfer or debit/credit card. We accept all major credit cards. Please note a 3% fee is applicable to payments by credit card.

We cannot accept cash payment or payments via PayPal.

Payments received after 5pm will be processed the following working day. Please quote our reference (this can be found on the estimate sent to you) when making payment. We ask that you also email us to let us know that you have made payment. Please see our email addresses here.

Please call us if you wish to make a payment by debit or credit card. Our contact details are here.

The final cost of the transcript is more that I paid. What happens now?

If the payment you have made is less than the final cost, we will ask you to top up the balance before the transcript is released to you.

I have received a payment request. Is it possible to address the request to a different party?

We send a payment request to the person and address (postal or email) detailed on the EX107. We cannot send the request to any other party. If you would like someone else to make the payment on your behalf you are free to make the arrangement with that person, but our correspondence must be directed to you.

The court has ordered that the costs of the transcript are shared. How do you invoice for the transcript?

We invoice based on the information contained on the EX107 form; specifically, question A13 which asks for details on whether the invoice will be split. Where the costs are split, before transcription can commence each party must provide confirmation of their agreement to their share of the cost and, where relevant, make their share of the payment.

If Form EX107 does not contain details of a cost split (including details of the parties to pay the costs and their email addresses) the invoice will be issued only to the requestor named at question A1 or A14, as appropriate. Requests to split the costs cannot be processed once transcription has commenced.

The transcript has already been produced. Do I have to pay to get a copy?

Where a transcript has been produced and invoiced, subsequent transcript requests will be charged at a copy rate. The copy rate is charged per page, rather than per folio. The current copy rate is £0.42 plus VAT per page.

Will I get charged for submitting the EX107?

There is no charge for simply submitting the EX107. Charges begin to incur once the recording has been allocated to a transcriber. If you decide to cancel your order after the recording has been allocated you will be charged for the number of folios completed at the time of cancellation.

For private transcripts, is there a price difference between intelligent transcript and verbatim transcript?

The charge rate is the same for intelligent and verbatim transcripts.

Feedback

I would like to give Opus 2 feedback on my experience. How do I provide feedback?

We appreciate any feedback you wish to provide. Please send your feedback to feedback.dt@opus2.digital, quoting your reference number. Please accept our thanks in advance.

How do I lodge a complaint about a transcript?

We take complaints about our work, staff, and levels of security very seriously. We view complaints as not only an opportunity to put things right for you but also to learn and improve for the future.

We can consider complaints about the work, and levels of service we provided.

Please note that we cannot consider complaints about:

  • the time taken by the court to authorise your transcript request (i.e. return the signed EX107)
  • the quality of the audio provided to us
  • the time taken for audio to be provided to us
  • the time take for a judgement to be approved.

If you are unhappy about how we have handled your transcription request please send details of your complaints to feedback.dt@opus2.digital. We will investigate your complaint and ensure that we revert to you, either by phone or in writing, with our findings.

I don’t think my transcript is accurate. What can I do?

In the first instance, contact us and let us know why you think the transcript is inaccurate. We ask that you specify, in writing, where within the transcript you have identified an inaccuracy. For example, if you think a name is spelt incorrectly, please state which paragraph has the incorrect spelling.

Once we receive the details, we will review the transcript and we may re-listen to the recording to assess the accuracy of the transcript. If we identify any inaccuracies (which, we are happy to say, is rare) we will make the appropriate corrections. If we are unable to identify any flaws with the transcript we will confirm this to you and recommend the next step. If your concerned that transcript does not capture everything that was said in the hearing, we will usually recommend that you contact the court to request permission to listen to the recording at the court.

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Natalie is a senior associate in the Commercial Litigation team at Stewarts. She is also a solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).

Natalie has a broad practice spanning complex high value commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations, which often involve multiple jurisdictions. She has experience of acting for major corporates and financial institutions from a wide range of sectors.

Natalie was President of the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association (2018 – 2020), which represents over 1,200 junior civil and commercial litigators in London. Natalie is an elected Committee Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and is a solicitor representative member of the Rolls Building Disclosure Working Group which proposed the new rules on disclosure for the pilot in the Business and Property Courts in England and Wales.

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Chris is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and is the current President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (the LSLA), which has over 3000 members and helps to shape civil justice reform and promote best practice in litigation. He is also currently a member of the working group led by Baker J which is looking into possible reforms for trial witness statements in the Business and Property Courts.

Chris' experience spans various sectors and geographies, but he has a particular focus on disputes work involving banks and financial buyers. His experience includes advising on complex contractual disputes, class actions, shareholder and joint venture disputes, partnership and LLP disputes, economic torts, fraud and conspiracy, asset tracing, professional negligence, insolvency disputes, employment-related disputes and privacy and defamation issues.

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On 1 July 2014, Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof became Director General of the LCIA. Previously, she practised as a counsel and arbitrator in The Hague, at her GAR 100 boutique HaersolteHof. She set up HaersolteHof in 2008 after three years as counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam.

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Richard is a partner and Solicitor Advocate in the London CDR team. He advises on complex high value multi-jurisdiction disputes in sectors including aviation and defence, energy, engineering and consumer. Clients include: the leading Global Diversified Industrials, other large multi-national companies and governments.

Richard's work includes: designing corporate dispute resolution systems, pre-action proceedings, injunctions, regulatory (including competition law) claims, mediation, arbitration and the other forms of dispute resolution, including a number of virtual hearings.

Key recent experience: acting for the Malaysian Ministry of Finance in multi-billion dollar claims arising out of the 1MDB scandal; acting for IOEC in recovering $87m following a fraud committed by former management under the cover of international sanctions; and acting for one of the pre-eminent Asian based global logistics providers in parallel DIFC-LCIA arbitration and commercial court proceedings relating in claims arising from a multi jurisdiction logistics contract.

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Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC of Fountain Court Chambers (London & Singapore) was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1993, the Bar of the Republic of Ireland in 1998, and was appointed a QC in 2009.

Leigh-Ann is acting for the Financial Conduct Authority in The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd & ors which is the first case to proceed under the Financial Markets Test Case Scheme. The case seeks to achieve legal certainty as to whether non-damage business interruption insurance covers/extensions respond to COVID-19 losses.

She is recognised by the legal directories as a Leading Silk in the fields of Insurance & Reinsurance, Professional Negligence, Product Liability and (in Asia) for Commercial Disputes. She was nominated by Chambers & Partners for Insurance Silk of the Year in 2016.

She has advised and acted for the UK Government for over 25 years and held the appointment of First Counsel to the Welsh Government between 2013 and 2016.

In addition to her advocacy and advisory practice, Leigh-Ann sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, a Senior Decision-Maker for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and as a commercial arbitrator. She is a Fellow of the British Royal Statistical Society and a CEDR-accredited mediator. She has also been an international advanced advocacy trainer for over 18 years.

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Professor Rachael Mulheron, Queen Mary University of London

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Mr Justice Andrew Baker

Sir Andrew Baker was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1988, after a State school education in Scotland and higher education at Merton College, Oxford (reading Mathematics), the City University, London (reading Law) and the Inns of Court School of Law (for Bar Finals). He practised at the Commercial Bar from 1989 to 2016, with particular specialisms in dry shipping, international sale of goods, insurance and reinsurance, conflict of laws, arbitration and international banking/derivatives. He was appointed a QC in 2006, acted regularly as arbitrator as well as counsel, was made a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2012 and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court judge in May 2016, before his appointment as a High Court judge on 1 November 2016.

He is a co-author of the 6th and 7th Editions of “Time Charters” in the Lloyd’s Shipping Law Library, and between June 2009 and June 2016 was one of the Series Editors for that Library. STRA

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Sonia Tolaney QC

Sonia Tolaney QC is a member of the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC, One Essex Court, and is currently the elected Chair of the Commercial Bar Association.

Sonia was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1995 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. She has acted in a large number of the landmark commercial and financial disputes of the last two decades and is well known for her “incredibly compelling advocacy”, “lethal cross examination” and “great tactical sense and litigation ability”. In recent years, she was named Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year (by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners) and Banking Litigation Silk of the Year (Chambers & Partners).

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In 2013 Sonia was made a Bencher of Middle Temple. She was one of the founders of the Temple Women’s Forum, which aims to inspire and promote opportunities for women at the Bar. In 2016, Sonia was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge, sitting in the Commercial Court.

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Lord Justice Flaux

Sir Julian Flaux was called to the Bar in 1978 and practised at the Commercial Bar from 1979 to 2007 specialising in disputes involving insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international trade and professional negligence. He was appointed a QC in 1994, an Assistant Recorder of the Crown Court in 1997, a Recorder in 2000 and Deputy High Court Judge in 2002.

He was appointed a High Court Judge in May 2007. He was Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit from 2010 to 2013. He was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from July 2014 to December 2015 and President of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission from January to December 2016.

He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in December 2016. He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in November 2019.

In February 2020, he was appointed as the Supervising Lord Justice of the Commercial Court for a four year term.

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Richard Blann

Richard Blann is Head of Group Litigation and Conduct Investigations at Lloyds Banking Group where he advises senior executives on strategy and conduct of major litigation matters. Since joining Lloyds in 2010 he has been a frequent court user, taking over 20 cases to trial in the courts of the UK, US and Australia.

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Crown Court

Opus 2 are the exclusive transcription provider for Crown Court hearings in the North East region. The North East region consists of the following courts:

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Charlotte Tan

Charlotte Tan is a member of Brick Court Chambers. She was called to the Bar in 2008 and has a diverse commercial practice, with a particular focus on civil fraud, international arbitration, international trade and finance and private international law.

In 2014, Charlotte was selected in Legal Week’s “Stars at the Bar” as one of ten junior barristers "recognised for their exceptional abilities”. She has been ranked in the directories for several years as a leading junior in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Shipping/Commodities where she has been described as “incredibly hardworking and…clearly exceptionally clever”, “outstanding” and “a highly regarded junior who is trusted by top silks to handle big-ticket matters. She has experience of acting in huge fraud, insurance and shipping cases, and is viewed as someone who punches well above her level of call”.

She is currently a member of the Commercial Bar Association Executive Committee.

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Explanatory Notes

  • Whole Hearing. This is a transcript of the day's hearing from start to finish on a specific day. Where the full proceedings last for more than a day and you want the full proceedings, your transcript request must list each day of the proceedings.
  • Prosecution Opening of the Facts. This is the Prosecution's summary of the facts of the case following a guilty plea.
  • Counsel's Opening/Closing Submissions. This is the barrister(s)' opening or closing speech(es). You are required to specify the relevant barrister(s)’ name(s) and whether you would like the opening or closing speech(es).
  • Evidence. You must provide the name of the witness(es) and, if relevant, state whether you want all the evidence or a particular part of the evidence.
  • Mitigation. This is a transcript of the defence barrister's speech to the judge putting forward factors on behalf of the defendant about the type of sentence which should be imposed.
  • Judge's Summing Up. This is the judge's direction on law and summary of the evidence heard during trial to assist the jury in making their decision.
  • Sentencing Remarks. This is the judge's decision on sentencing and reasons for imposing the sentence.
  • Sentencing Hearing. This is the hearing in which the defendant is sentenced.
  • Counsel's Opening/Closing Remarks. This is the barrister(s)' opening or closing speech(es). Please specify relevant barrister(s)’ name(s) and whether you would like the opening or closing speech(es).
  • Legal Argument(s) and Ruling. This is the legal submissions (argument) made to a Judge/Master by a legal representative or party on a specific issue during the proceedings and a transcript of the decision (ruling) given by the Judge/master. You are required to indicate if you are seeking just the argument or just the ruling.
  • Confiscation Ruling. This is a transcript of the Ruling given by the Judge in a Confiscation hearing.
  • Judgment. This is the judge’s decision after the parties have presented their case.
  • Proceedings After Judgment. This relates to any proceedings after the judgment has been given.
  • Other. An example is a transcript of the verdict, which must be specifically requested (unless you have requested the whole hearing on the day on which the verdict was given). For any other transcript request, you must specify the nature of the proceedings your request relates to. You should also include the start and finish times of the proceedings.
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