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Waiver of Transcript Fees due to Financial Hardship

Many clients represented by Community Legal Centres experience financial hardship which precludes them obtaining transcripts of Court events where they were a party to a proceeding, or victim in certain criminal matters. Per the Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008, these parties may request a waiver of transcript fees.

Transcript requests to Auscript can be submitted via the website, by scanning and emailing a Request for Transcript - Parties form to clientservices@auscript.com.au, or by contacting Auscript Client Services directly on 1800 287 274. Legal Centre officers may assist applicants to complete the application forms, compile the required documentation and submit the same to Auscript, however, the application forms MUST be signed by the applicant or their legal/adult guardians (with documentation confirming guardian status also to be provided if applicable), and the supporting financial information/documentation must be that of the applicant's.

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Request for waiver of transcript fees due to financial hardship, per s7 Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008:

The requestor must be a direct party to the matter. Note that defendants in Supreme or District Court Criminal matters are entitled to a free copy of a transcript of proceedings and should submit a general transcript request directly via Auscript.

For a waiver of transcript fees the requestor must complete a Fee Waiver Application form (found here) including the required financial documentation, and attach it to their Request for Transcript - Parties form submitted via the website or email. There is no need to complete the Cost Per Party, Payment Method and Credit Card Details section of the Request for Transcript form if a fee waiver is requested.

Auscript will forward the application forms and supporting documentation to the Transcript Cooridination Team for assessment. If a full or partial fee waiver is approved, the required transcript will be provided to the requestor.

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Request for waiver of transcript fees by the victim of a personal offence, per s8A of the Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008:

Victim of a Personal Offence fee waiver requests may be submitted for Supreme or District Court criminal proceedings only.

The requestor must complete a Victim of Crime Fee Waiver Application form (found here under 'Request for Transcript - Victims') which should be witnessed, ideally, by at least a qualified Justice of the Peace, and attach it to their Request for Transcript - Non-Parties form submitted via the website or email. There is no need to complete the Cost Per Party, Payment Method and Credit Card Details section of the Request for Transcript form if a Victim of a Personal Offence fee waiver is requested.

Auscript will forward the application to the Transcript Cooridination Team for assessment. If the request is approved, the required transcript will be provided to the requestor.