Court of Common Pleas Fiftieth Judicial District



In 2016 the Supreme Court promulgated and then adopted a new set of Rules of Judicial Administration that directly affectthe ordering of official court transcripts by users of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania.  These rules, known commonly as Rule 4000, direct (among other things) maximum amounts that may be charged to individuals who order transcripts, delineate specific time frames for the production of transcripts and direct Courts of Common Pleas across the Commonwealth to adopt a series of local rules detailing the process.  Butler County’s local rules may be found by going to the Butler County website (, selecting the “Court Services Button” and then selecting “Transcripts” from the drop down menu.


The most significant changes that system users will experience is the requirement that all requests for transcripts must be made by filling out the “Request for Transcript” form and submitting it to the Court Administrator’s office.  Litigants and counsel will no longer deal directly with the Court Reporter when asking that transcripts be typed.  And, after the Court Reporter has determined the approximate length of the transcript, a deposit of 90% of the estimated cost will be required before the court reporter begins to complete the transcript.  A description of the request process is available by clicking on the proper selection listed below.


Questions about this process may be directed to the Court Administrator’s office.






Instructions for Obtaining Transcripts (Click Here) 


Transcript Request Form (Click Here)


Petitions to Proceed for No-Cost or Reduced Rate Transcripts


          Criminal Court - (Click Here) 


          Civil Court -  (Click Here) 


          Orphans Court - (Click Here) 


          Domestic Relations - (Click Here) 


Local Rule 4000 (Click Here) 



Viewing rules requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.