Access to recordings and transcripts

Journalists may request a copy of the audio recording of a proceeding.

A fee of $55 per case per day must be paid when submitting the request. Chief Magistrate approval is required for any application made in the following circumstances:

  • the request is made by a person who is not a party to the proceeding
  • a current suppression or publication prohibition order exists in relation to that proceeding
  • the request relates to an intervention order proceeding or a case relating to a sexual offence.

Further information on the court’s audio recording protocols can be found on the Audio recording protocols fact sheet.

Requests that require Chief Magistrate approval are made by completing a Request for copy of audio recording. A written statement, outlining the applicant’s interest/involvement in the proceeding, and the reasons they require the recording must accompany the application. The request must be made by the journalist/media organisation who seeks the recording. Any person who obtains a copy of an audio recording from the court must not copy, distribute or publish the recording, or cause the copying, distribution or publication of the recording in any way without approval from the Chief Magistrate.

Transcripts

Only committal proceedings in Magistrates’ Court are transcribed.

Chief Magistrate approval is required for any access requests made by a person who is not a party to the proceeding. Requests for Chief Magistrate approval are made by completing a Request for transcript in committal proceeding by a non-party form. The Victorian Government Reporting Service (VGRS) manages the release of transcripts in committal proceedings.

For further information contact the VGRS on (03) 9603 2401 or vgrs.transcriptrequest@justice.vic.gov.au.