Transcripts and Audio Recordings

Ordering Transcripts

Pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 753, and consistent with the action of the Judicial Conference at its March 2018 session, the following transcript rates per page for civil and criminal cases are effective March 30, 2018.

Maximum Transcript Fee Rates – All Parties Per Page
Delivery Original First Copy to Each Party Each Additional Copy to the Same Party
Ordinary
A transcript to be delivered within thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of an order.
$3.65 $0.90 $0.60
14-Day
A transcript to be delivered within fourteen (14) days after receipt of an order.
$4.25 $0.90 $0.60
Expedited
A transcript to be delivered within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of an order.
$4.85 $0.90 $0.60
3-Day
A transcript to be delivered within three (3) calendar days after receipt of an order.
$5.45 $1.05 $0.75
Daily
A transcript to be delivered following adjournment and prior to the normal opening hour of the court on the following morning whether or not it actually is a court day.
$6.05 $1.20 $0.90
(CJA Counsel $0.10)
Hourly
A transcript of proceedings ordered under unusual circumstances to be delivered within two (2) hours.
$7.25 $1.20 $0.90
Realtime
A realtime "feed" is the electronic data flow from the court reporter to the computer of each person or party ordering and receiving the realtime transcription in the courtroom. Orders placed on or before the day of the proceeding will be batched together for purposes of determining the number of feeds; and subsequent orders will be charged at the lowest page rate assessed on the previous orders.
One feed $3.05 per page
Two to four feeds $2.10 per page
Five or more feeds $1.50 per page

Transcript Policy

Parties ordering transcripts are reminded that requesting anything other than Ordinary delivery is not sufficient to guarantee faster processing. The ordering party must contact the court reporter or the Clerk's Office (if the proceeding was only recorded) to determine whether accelerated processing is available. The court reporter will provide an estimate of costs and information on where to send payment. Transcript preparation and delivery times begin once payment arrangements have been made with the court reporter. This may not occur until a deposit is received.

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Redaction Requirements and Privacy

Please note that the federal rules of procedure restrict the publication of certain personal data in documents filed with the court. The rules require limiting Social Security, taxpayer identification, and financial account numbers to the last four digits, using only initials for the names of minor children, and limiting dates of birth to the year. For criminal cases, also limit home addresses to city and state.

However, if such information is elicited during testimony or other court proceedings, it will become available to the public when the official transcript is filed at the courthouse unless, and until, it is redacted. The better practice is for you to avoid introducing this information into the record in the first place. Please take this into account when questioning witnesses or making other statements in court.

For 90 days after a transcript is filed, it will be viewable at the public terminal in the Clerk's Office. During this 90-day period, a copy of the transcript may be obtained from the court reporter or transcriber. Attorneys in the case are (or, where there is a self-represented party, the party is) responsible for reviewing the transcript for the personal data identifiers required by the federal rules to be redacted, and providing the court reporter or transcriber with a statement of the redactions to be made to comply with the rules.

Notice of Intent to Redact

Within seven (7) business days of the filing of an official court transcript, each party wishing to redact a transcript shall inform the Court by filing (via CM/ECF) with the Clerk's Office a "Notice of Intent to Redact." A sample form can be found here.

The responsibility for redacting personal identifiers rests solely with counsel and the parties. Neither the Clerk nor the court reporter will review the transcripts for compliance. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, the attorney must review the following portions of the transcript:

  • Opening and closing statements made on the party’s behalf
  • Statements of the party
  • The testimony of any witnesses called by the party
  • Any other portion of the transcript as ordered by the court

Parties or attorneys wishing to redact personal identifiers from a transcript must file a Redaction Request Form within 21 days of the filing of the transcript. A sample form can be found here. Please note, a Redaction Request is a public document. It is imperative that the actual information or identifiers to be redacted are NOT included in the Redaction Request or any of its attachments. Only the following personal identifiers, listed by the Judicial Conference in its policy on the electronic availability of transcripts, may be redacted:

  • Social security numbers to the last four digits
  • Financial account numbers to the last four digits
  • Dates of birth to the year
  • Names of minor children to the initials
  • Home addresses to the city and state

If a party wishes to request redactions in addition to personal identifiers, a separate Motion for Redaction of Electronic Transcript must be filed. If a Redaction Request is filed, the Redacted Transcript is due 31 calendar days from the date of filing of the original transcript. Unless extended by court order, Redacted Transcripts are not made public until the end of the 90-day restriction period. If no Redaction Request is filed, the Court will remove the electronic restriction to the transcript at the end of the 90-day restriction period.


Magistrate Digital Audio Recordings

To order an audio recording please complete the form using the link below. The form will redirect you to Pay.gov to pay the fee. View the fee schedule for the current fee.

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Relevant Documents
Fee Schedule
Transcript Fee Rates
Transcript Redaction Policy