District Court of Maryland is a court of record, which means
that all proceedings before the court are recorded.
A typed transcript of a proceeding will be produced under certain limited
Recordings on compact disc format may be requested by
Transcripts may be obtained only when the person making the request has
appealed a District Court judgment in a civil case where the amount in
dispute is more than $5,000 ($2,500 if case was filed prior to 10/1/2003).
In such instances, you must request that a transcript be forwarded to the
When you make your request, you must submit a copy of your appeal letter,
along with a $75 deposit. The court will prepare one original, which is
sent to the circuit court and one copy, which is sent to you.
The cost for a transcript is $3 per page. If your final cost totals less
than $75, a copy of the transcript will automatically be mailed to you
and the balance of your deposit returned.
If your final cost totals more than $75, the court will bill you. Your
copy of the transcript will be released to you upon payment of the bill.
A transcript includes the proceedings in a case. For example, if the judge
held a preliminary hearing in the case just prior to the trial, both that
hearing and the trial will be transcribed.
Anyone may request a copy of an audio recording of a case, regardless of
whether the individual making the request was a party in that case. Requests
for recordings must be submitted in writing to the clerk’s office.
The cost for the recording is $15 per case.
Recordings will be provided on
a CD that can be played back on a Windows-based computer.
A party to any case, or the attorney for any party, may be permitted to
listen to the recording of the trial of that case, at a time and a place
determined by a judge to be appropriate.
Making a Request
To request a transcript or recording, submit a letter or request
for transcript or recording to the District Court in which your
case was heard. The following information must be included:
• the case number
• the trial/hearing dates
• the names of both parties to the case; and
• your name, address, and phone number
Transcripts are generally completed within 60 days of a request, while
recordings are completed within 30 days.