Supreme Court Transcription Services
The Supreme Court Digital Transcription System (DTS) is an integrated system to facilitate the digital audio recording of court hearings and the preparation of transcripts.
Implemented in August 2005, DTS is available for all criminal trials and trials in civil actions commenced by writ. Parties may also apply for DTS to be used in certain other hearings such as Originating Summonses, Company Winding Up, Bankruptcy matters and other non-trial matters in open court.
DTS is also available, upon application, for certain hearings in chambers such as appeals to a Judge in chambers, and special date and Assessment of Damages (AD) hearings before registrars. The use of DTS in chambers hearings is subject to the approval of the Judge or the Registrar.
For civil matters where DTS is used, the audio recording is, pursuant to O. 38A, r. 1 of the Rules of Court, the official record of hearing.
There is no charge for the audio recording of court proceedings. Subject to Court’s approval and upon payment of the requisite fee, parties may obtain a copy of the transcript of court proceedings.
In-house Transcription Services - Service Provider & Procedure
DTI Corporation Pte Ltd (formerly known as Merrill Corporation) is the service provider for the in-house DTS transcription services of the Supreme Court. If you wish to request for the transcript of court proceedings, please download the relevant request Form and file it via the electronic litigation system (eLit), at least 7 working days before the commencement of the hearing.
For transcript of trials - use this Form
For transcript of proceedings other than trials - use this Form
For audio recording of trials and proceedings other than trials - use this Form
Please note the following when making your orders:
1. All parties must pay the service provider directly for the transcription services.
2. If transcripts are requested, the party must supply to the service provider (wherever applicable):
(a) authorities or bundles of authorities;
(b) documentary exhibits or bundles of documents;
(c) written submissions;
(d) lists of the names of witnesses; and
(e) any documents tendered at the hearing.
These documents must be supplied to the service provider at least 2 working days before the hearing starts.
If the request for transcript is only made after the hearing has started, or after the hearing has concluded, the documents must be supplied together with the request Form. This will be considered a backorder. For backorder, please refer to DTS fee schedule (accessible via link below) for the timelines and rates.
Enquiries on the Supreme Court's in-house transcription services can be directed to our service provider at 6332 4412 or 6332 4413. The applicable fees for the 4 delivery timelines of (a) 24-hours[i] (b) 3 working days (c) 5 working days & (d) 14 working days, can be viewed here
Private Real time Court Reporting Services
The following vendors (listed in alphabetical order & in no order of priority) have been approved to provide real time transcription services in the Supreme Court.
Parties may approach any of these vendors if they require private transcription services with (a) Real time, (b) Daily or (c) Next Working Day delivery timeline:
Any vendor interested in providing private transcription services should email us at: DTS@supcourt.gov.sg.
[i]For transcript request on 24-hours turnaround, the transcripts will be due after 5.00pm on the next working day.