Obtaining a digital record of a hearing
Copies of the recorded proceeding are available for purchase by completing the order form and including the correct fee. Portions of the proceeding can be transcribed to prepare findings or to prepare a motion, and the attorney or party shall select and arrage for the transcriptionist. A court-approved transcriber is required to prepare a verbatim report of proceedings on appeal but is not required in the preparation of any part of the record for a purpose other than an appeal.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORDERING COPIES OF A RECORDED PROCEEDING
Please follow these steps to order copies of Superior Court digital recordings:
Complete the Cowlitz County Superior Court Public CD Order Form and return it to the Cowlitz County Superior Court Clerk's office with payment. Please note that incomplete forms will not be accepted. Incorrect information will significantly delay the completion of the order.
Please contact Superior Court Administration at 360.577.3085 for assistance.
The charge is: $25 for each CD/Jump Drive (16 hour max). $10 for .mp3 audio files. If your request is for multiple trial days and hearings, you can call or email Court Administration for pricing.
Enclose cash or money order for the correct amount with the completed digital recording order form. Please make money orders payable to Cowlitz County Clerk. Business checks from attorney firms are also accepted.
Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
Orders can generally be completed in one to two business days, unless prior arrangements have been made with Court Administration.
The computer program used to make the recordings is called For the Record (FTR). Windows and other media players cannot read or play FTR recordings. To view the recording(s) and for questions about FTR, visit www.fortherecord.com. FTR is incompatible with some operating systems. To play an FTR recording, your system must have: Internet capabilities, Windows 8 / 7 / XP SP3. If you do not have a compatible operating system, you can request an audio only .mp3 recording. An audio only .mp3 recording can also be sent via email.
Please do not hesitate to contact Court Administration at SuperiorCourtAdministration@co.cowlitz.wa.us or 360-577-3085 if you have any questions.