Supreme Court Audio Recording and Transcription Services

The Supreme Court Digital Transcription System (DTS) is a system to facilitate the digital audio recording of court hearings and the preparation of transcripts.

DTS is available for all criminal trials and trials in civil actions commenced by writ. DTS is also available upon application for certain hearings such as Originating Summonses, Company Winding Up, Bankruptcy matters and other non-trial matters in open court, as well 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.

Subject to Court’s approval and upon payment of the requisite fee, parties may obtain a copy of the audio recording or transcript of court proceedings.

Epiq Singapore Pte Ltd is currently the service provider for the DTS audio recording and transcription services of the Supreme Court.

New Availability of Audio Recordings of High Court Trials

With effect from 15 October 2019, parties may apply for the audio recordings of High Court trials.

The release of recordings (in the form of a DVD-Rom) will be subject to:

(a) approval by the Judge;

(b) the giving of the prescribed undertakings as to the use of the audio recordings; and

(c) payment of the appropriate fees and charges by the requesting party to the service provider.

For more information on the timing and place of collection of the audio recordings, please refer to the table below:​

Type

Hearing Timing

Collection Time

Place of Collection

NormalHearing that ends by 2 pm

DVD can be collected by 5 pm on the same day

Court Reporting Services Section at Level 2M, Supreme Court
Hearing that ends by 6 pm or stretches past 6 pmDVD can be collected by 10 am on the next working dayCourt Reporting Services Section at Level 2M, Supreme Court
PremiumHearing that ends by 5 pmFor premium services, DVD can be collected by 9 pm on the same day16 Raffles Quay, #35-01, Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581

An application for audio recordings can be made by filling in the request form which is available in the electronic litigation system. 

Name of Request Form
Request for Audio Recordings: Civil Proceedings
Request for Audio Recordings: Criminal Proceedings

 
Audio recordings can only be requested for within six months from the hearing date.

Please note that before any audio recording can be released, the requesting party has to give the following undertakings (as also stated in the request form):

“(a)  I will pay the relevant charges to the service provider;

(b)  I will only use the audio recording for the preparation for hearings or appeals in the Singapore courts;

(c)  I will not upload, distribute or cause to be uploaded or distributed, whether on the Internet, on any social media, on any messaging service, or otherwise, the audio recordings without prior written permission from the Judge, nor will I make the audio recordings available to any other individual or entity (other than in accordance with paragraphs (d) and (e) below);

(d)  I understand that I may make the audio recording available to a member of staff whose actions I am responsible for, or a service provider that is in the business of making transcripts from audio recordings, for the sole purpose of generating transcripts of the audio recording for the preparation for hearings or appeals in the Singapore courts;

(e)  I will ensure that any person that obtains the audio recording from me will be made aware of the approved uses of the audio recordings, and I remain liable for unapproved distribution or use of the audio recordings by any such person;

(f)  I understand that if a certified transcript of the official record of hearing is required for any legal proceedings (including appeals), such a certified transcript must be obtained from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript;

(g)  I understand that the Court will not entertain any request to decide on (i) the accuracy of an unofficial transcript, or (ii) if more than one unofficial transcript is produced or obtained, which unofficial transcript to adopt. If there are issues or disputes relating to unofficial transcripts, the parties are to obtain a certified transcript of the official record of hearing from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript;

(h)  my attention has been drawn to s.4 of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016. I will ensure that every other individual or entity that obtains the audio recording from me is also made aware of this provision.”

For the avoidance of doubt, the Court will not certify any unofficial transcript as a certified transcript of the official record of hearing. If a certified transcript of the official record of hearing is required for legal proceedings (including appeals), such a transcript must be obtained from the Court.  Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript.

The Court will not entertain any request to decide on (i) the accuracy of an unofficial transcript, or (ii) if more than one unofficial transcript is produced or obtained, which unofficial transcript to adopt. If there are issues or disputes relating to unofficial transcripts, the parties are to obtain a certified transcript of the official record of hearing from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript.

For trials that are conducted in camera, special reasons and permission of the Judge is required, before audio recordings are released.

For the avoidance of doubt, audio recordings are only available for trial proceedings and not for appeals or any other non-trial proceedings.

Transcription Services - Service Provider & Procedure

Please note the following when requesting certified transcripts (applicable to civil cases only):

(a) all parties must make payment to the service provider directly for the transcription services;
(b) the following must be provided by the requesting party to the service provider (wherever applicable):

    i.   authorities or bundles of authorities;
    ii.  documentary exhibits or bundles of documents;
    iii. written submissions;
    iv. lists of the names of witnesses; and 
    v.  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 certified transcripts is made only after the hearing has started, or after the hearing has concluded, the documents must be supplied together with the request form. For such requests, the delivery timeline will be 14 working days.

Fees for Requests for Audio Recordings and Certified Transcripts

The applicable fees for audio recordings and certified transcripts may be viewed in the schedule here. Please note that charges for certified transcripts will vary according to these delivery timelines: (a) 24-hour; (b) 3 working days; (c) 5 working days; and (d) 14 working days.

For transcript request for 24-hour turnaround, the transcripts will be ready for collection after 5 pm the working day after the date of the request.

For queries on the Supreme Court's audio recording and transcription services, please contact the Court Reporting Services Section, Supreme Court at 6332 1055 or 6332 4257. 

Private Real Time Court Reporting Services

The following vendors (listed in alphabetical order & in no order of priority) have been approved to provide Private Real Time Court Reporting Services (including real time transcription) in the Supreme Court.

Epiq Singapore Pte Ltd
16 Raffles Quay, #35-01 
Hong Leong Building
Singapore 048581 
Tel No: (+65) 6800 0268
Email: singapore@epiqglobal.com
Website: www.epiqglobal.com/asia

Opus 2 International Singapore Pte Ltd
28 Maxwell Road 
Maxwell Chambers Suites #04‑12/13 
Singapore 069120
Tel No: (+65) 3158 5095
Email: bd@opus2.sg
Website: www.opus2.com

Any vendor interested in providing Private Real Time Court Reporting Services should email us at: DTS@supcourt.gov.sg.