WHEREAS, the Seventh Judicial Circuit utilizes General Magistrates and Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers pursuant to Rules 12.490 and 12.491, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, and
WHEREAS, the Seventh Judicial Circuit has elected to make a record in these proceedings by electronic means as provided by Rule 2.070(g)(3), Florida Rules of Judicial Administration;
NOW THEREFORE, I, JULIANNE PIGGOTTE, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order as follows:
1. Electronic recording equipment shall be used for the purpose of recording such proceedings conducted by General Magistrates and Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers which are required to be reported.
2. The electronic recording equipment shall be operated by the General Magistrates and Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers, or other qualified personnel, in such a manner as to ensure the production of an accurate, understandable record.
3. The General Magistrates, Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers, or other qualified personnel, shall maintain logs of all proceedings recorded during each court session. The logs and corresponding recordings shall be properly identified and safely stored in locations designated by the respective Clerks of Court. Such logs and recordings less than six (6) months old may be stored in the General Magistrate/Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer’s office to allow for duplication, when necessary. Destruction of these records shall be in accordance with Rule 2.075(f), Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.
4. Parties may obtain copies of recordings for a fee set by the Chief Judge.
5. In the event a party would like to obtain a transcript of a proceeding, he/she must purchase a copy of the recording and make independent arrangements for its transcriptions with a certified court reporter or transcriber.
6. In the event the Court requires a transcript of a proceeding, a copy of the recording shall be made and forwarded to the Official Court Reporter in the appropriate county for transcription.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Administrative Order # FM-2003-023-SC is hereby rescinded.
TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
DONE AND ORDERED in Datona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, this 14th day of October, 2004.
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