As the title suggests, I am wondering how long UK Crown Court Hearing Recordings and transcripts are kept because in order for court transcripts to be requested, the recordings need to be still available.

The government's guidance on how to Apply for a transcript of a court or tribunal hearing does not stipulate this information.


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Seven years.

See the paragraph 13 of the Crown Court Records Retention and Disposition Schedule:

13 Recordings of trials -- Keep for 7 years and then destroy

For awareness, and completeness, the list of retention schedules for other courts and tribunals may be found here.

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    Presumably the Word document
    – Henry
    Jul 29, 2023 at 12:35
  • Thanks to @Henry for the link
    – user35069
    Jul 29, 2023 at 16:35

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