Policy on Electronic Availability of Transcripts

Policy on Electronic Availability of Transcripts

Q. Will I receive notice that a transcript has been ordered?

A. Yes. Whenever a Court reporter receives an order for a transcript, he or she will file a Notice of Transcript Order in the case, and you
will receive notice of this filing from the Court Clerk in the same manner you would receive an order issued by the court.

Q. How is the Court reporter notified that a party is requesting a redaction?

A. When a Redaction Request is filed, the Court Clerk sends an electronic notice to the Court reporter.

Q. If I did not order preparation of the transcript, how may I obtain access to it to determine if a Redaction Request is necessary?

A. An electronic version of the transcript will be available for viewing only at the Court’s public terminal during the initial 90-day period after the transcript is filed. The Court Clerk will not provide printed copies of the transcript during this time. If you want a copy of the transcript during the initial 90-day period, you must order a copy from the Court reporter. Any attorney of record who has purchased a copy of the transcript from the Court reporter may also access the transcript via the Court’s ECF System during the 90-day period.PACER fees, however, will apply any time a transcript is accessed remotely; there is no “free look” for transcripts. In addition, PACER  charges are not capped at 30 pages and will be incurred each time the transcript is accessed.

Q. Who is responsible for identifying personal data identifiers and requesting redactions in transcripts ordered by the media or other non-parties?

A. The attorney of record or self-represented party is responsible for ensuring that the redactions required by the Court’s Policy on Electronic Availability of Transcripts are requested regardless of who has ordered the transcript.

Q. Can I object to a requested redaction?

A. Yes. In the rare event you have an objection to a requested redaction, you should promptly address the objection by conferring directly with the attorney or self-represented party making the redaction request. If the objection cannot be resolved, you may file a motion with the Court requesting a ruling. Also, if a motion for additional redactions is filed, a party may oppose that motion in accordance with the Court’s Local Rules.

Q. Does the Court’s Policy on Electronic Availability of Transcripts supersede other redaction requirements?

A. No. The parties may have obligations pursuant to statutes and protective orders that may apply to a transcript. Compliance with the Court’s Policy on Electronic Availability of Transcripts may not be sufficient to comply with those obligations.

Q. How quickly must the Court reporter prepare the redacted transcript?

A. Pursuant to the Judicial Conference Policy, the Court reporter must electronically file a redacted version of the transcript no later than 31 days after the date the transcript was initially filed, unless an extension is ordered by the Court.

Q. Which version of the transcript will be transmitted to the Court of Appeals?

A. If the appellate Court is an ECF user, the Court will have access to the entire case file electronically through ECF. The Court will thus have access to both the redacted and the unredacted transcript. If the appellate Court requires a paper record on appeal, the Clerk’s Office will transmit the unredacted version of the transcript to the Court for review unless otherwise ordered by the Court.