Im representing myself in a custody case in St Croix County.
Needing crucial information from the first few hearings, I sought the transcripts as well as the audio recordings for review.
Transcripts and audio were available from most of the hearings, but was told there were no transcripts/recordings of the initial/first hearing (even though the court reporter was present).
These are the ones that would contain the most critical information I need to review.
My question is....
Why wouldnt there be Transcripts or recording?
Not all court hearings are '"on the record" meaning they are not recorded and there is no court reporter in the room taking everything down; in many counties, family court commissioner hearings are held this way. Usually, all hearings in front of the trial judge are held formally "on the record," and there should be a transcript available for all of those particular hearings.
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