Every county is different. In Dallas county there are not court reporters during temporary orders hearings before the Associate Judges. You have to pay your own to come if you want the proceeding transcribed. There are court reporters at most proceedings before the District Judge.
Ms. Laster practices in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant Counties.
The associate judges court allows request for de novo hearing if filed or made within 3 days of associate judge's report so any party can have a new hearing or trial in district court. If no one de novos to district court a record would not be important anyway.
Dallas County does not provide court reporters for hearings before the Associate Judges because both parties have the right to request a whole new hearing in front of the District Judge if they are unhappy with the outcome. If you want to pay to have a certified court reporter of your own to take the record of a hearing before the Associate Judge, that is permitted.
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