How can I receive a copy of the transcript?

Court Reporter transcripts, while public record, are not made part of the court file. They are the property of the court reporter and must be requested directly from the court reporter for a fee. The court reporters set the timeline on when requests from members of the public will be filled. Pierce County Superior Court does not utilize digital court recording equipment in our trial courtrooms. There have been digital court recordings of one proceeding in this high-profile trial. The original arraignment was recorded in Courtroom 270 which is our high-volume criminal arraignment courtroom and does not use a court reporter. A recording of that proceeding can be requested through the Pierce County Superior Court Clerk’s Office for a fee.

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1. How long do “normal” trials take and how long is this trial expected to take?
2. How can I receive a copy of the transcript?
3. What if I have questions about why or how a decision was made in this trial? Can I speak with the judge or a court employee about the decision?
4. I am hoping to watch the livestream or appear in the courtroom to watch the proceedings. Can I be guaranteed that the trial will be on the record?
5. Will the livestream be recorded?
6. Will Voir Dire be livestreamed?
7. Will evidence be displayed on the livestream?
8. If the livestream goes down, will court stop?
9. When will deliberations begin and how long will they last?
10. What is the public seating capacity for Courtroom 323?
11. Will the Tacoma Officer trial be the only case in Superior Court?
12. Who decides what side of the courtroom the attorneys sit on?