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Court Reporting

Court reporting is the process of capturing the word-for-word record of everything spoken in a legal proceeding. The Tenth Judicial Circuit uses both contracted court stenographers and centralized digital court reporting to capture a complete and accurate verbatim record of the non-civil court proceedings.


The method of court reporting in the Tenth Circuit is electronic court reporting for cases that the Electronic Court Reporters Office are required to record. Hearings include all misdemeanor and traffic cases, child support cases, felony cases, domestic violence hearings and juvenile cases. Felonies of the first and second degree jury selections, jury trials and termination of parental rights cases are covered by contracted stenographic court reporters.

We have OpenCourt installed in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties. This method uses digital audio equipment to record court proceedings. The court reporters monitor the proceeding, makes tags for the cases called, identifies speakers and listens to the recording to ensure its clarity and quality. Electronic reporters often are responsible for producing a written transcript of the recorded proceeding. If a requesting party wishes to have an audio recording of the proceedings, an audio CD can also be purchased.

Our office has a staff of 14, 12 of which work in the Polk County Office and 2 staff work in the Highlands Office covering both Highlands and Hardee Counties.

Electronic Court Reporting covers the following court proceedings:


  • Domestic Violence Injunctions
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Dependency


  • Guardianship
  • Mental Health/Marchman
  • Probate


  • Arraignments
  • Problem Solving Court
  • Drug Court
  • Felony
  • Initial Appearances
  • Misdemeanor
  • Traffic Court

In civil, family and civil traffic infraction cases, it is the responsibility of the litigants to hire a court reporter. Family Pro Se cases are recorded for the court's use only.

Private court reporting firms contract with the Court to capture the verbatim record in felony jury selections, first and second degree felony jury trials and termination of parental rights trials.

McGill & Associates Professional
Reporting Services, Inc.

170 South Oak Avenue
Bartow, Florida 33830
863-533-4642 Phone
888-533-4642 Toll Free
863-533-1234 Fax

Merit Professional Reporting
1102 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803-1308
(863) 686-7800

Reliable Reporting, Inc.
728 South New York Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815-4748
(863) 682-8737

Accurate Reporting Service, Inc.
439 Rose Avenue
Sebring, Florida 33870
(863) 382-4441
(863) 382-4448 Fax

Coker Court Reporting
Post Office Box 803
Bartow, FL 33831-0803
(863) 533-1170

Wasilewski Court Reporting, LLC
2005 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, Florida 33803
Tel: 863-686-9898
Fax: 863-686-9797
Toll Free: 888-686-9890

Accurate Reporting Service, Inc.
212 West Main Street
Wauchula, Florida 33873
(863) 382 - 4441


Hardee/Highlands Instructions
Polk Instructions


Please read Prohibition Against Dissemination

Hardee/Highlands Instructions
Polk Instructions


For more information, please contact Janie Castleberry, ECR Manager at (863) 534-4009 or by email at

Electronic Court Reporting
Post Office Box 9000, Drawer J124
Bartow, FL 33831-9000
Phone: (863) 534 - 4009

Fax: (863) 534-2599

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