|(a) Record of proceedings. A record will be made of
all contested case proceedings and prehearing conferences.
(b) Court reporters. Unless otherwise ordered by the
judge, the referring agency shall provide a court reporter for a proceeding
set to last longer than one day.
(c) SOAH's responsibility. For a proceeding in a docket
set to last no longer than one day, SOAH is responsible for making
an audio recording of the proceeding unless otherwise ordered by the
judge. If SOAH has recorded the proceeding, a party may request a
copy of the recording from SOAH.
(d) Transcripts. If a court reporter is provided for
a proceeding, the court reporter shall make a stenographic record
of the proceeding but shall prepare a transcript only on the request
of a party or the judge. If a proceeding lasts longer than one day,
the judge may order that a transcript be prepared.
(1) The original transcript shall be filed with SOAH,
and SOAH may assess the cost of the transcript to one or more of the
(2) The cost of a copy of a transcript ordered by a
party shall be paid by that party, unless otherwise ordered by the
(3) The transcript prepared according to these procedures
becomes part of the official record of the proceedings for purposes
of all actions within SOAH's jurisdiction.
(4) Proposed written corrections of purported transcript
errors must be filed with SOAH and served on the parties and the court
reporter before issuance of the proposal for decision or final decision.
The judge may establish deadlines for the filing of proposed corrections
and responses. The transcript will be corrected only upon order of
(e) Official record. The recording made by SOAH under
subsection (c) of this section or the transcript prepared under subsection
(d) of this section constitutes part of the official record of the
proceeding for purposes of all actions within SOAH's jurisdiction.
The judge may order a different means of making a record and may designate
that record as the official record of the proceeding.
(f) Maintenance of exhibits and official record. The
judge shall maintain all exhibits admitted during the proceeding and
the official record of the proceeding.
(1) The judge may allow the court reporter to retain
the exhibits and the recording of the proceeding, if applicable, while
a transcript is being prepared.
(2) The judge may retain the exhibits and transcript
or recording to prepare for presentation of the proposal for decision
to the referring agency. SOAH will send the exhibits and transcript
or recording to the referring agency no later than after:
(A) the judge has issued the final decision; or
(B) the judge has issued the proposal for decision
and the deadline for filing exceptions and replies has passed.
(g) Sealing records. The judge may order all or part
of the record sealed in accordance with applicable law or rule or
upon a showing of the following:
(1) a specific, serious, and substantial interest that
clearly outweighs the presumption of openness that applies to SOAH's
records and any probable adverse effect that sealing will have upon
the public health or safety; and
(2) no less restrictive means than sealing the records
will adequately and effectively protect the specific interest asserted.