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CD and Transcript Orders

Updated on Jul 29, 2015

CD Orders:

In order to listen to the recordings, you will need a multi-media PC and FTR (For The Record) player software.  You may obtain the FTR player software from their website.

  • CD orders are processed when the Reproduction of Records or Audio Recordings fee is received by the Court (in the form of cash, check or money order made out to the U.S. Courts).  The fee can be found below in the Resources section of this page in the Bankruptcy/District Filing Fees attachment.
  • Money orders or cash are required for debtors in bankruptcy.

Transcript Orders:

  • The transcripts of proceedings recorded by electronic sound recording equipment are produced by private transcription services designated by the court to transcribe federal court proceedings.
  • Transcript orders will be processed when the designated transcriber receives the estimated dollar amount.
  • Money orders or cash are required for debtors in bankruptcy.

CJA Transcripts:

For Non-Appeal purposes, CJA counsel should contact the appropriate court reporter to request an estimate of the cost for transcripts and file an appropriate motion with the court requesting payment of transcript fees by the CJA. 

In both instances, the Court Reporter/Transcriber will complete the appropriate CJA24 form to receive payment from the CJA.

Realtime:

A realtime "feed" is the electronic data flow from the court reporter to the computer of each person ordering and receiving the realtime transcription in the courtroom.  These rates are applicable to each page of the transcript, excluding the certification page which must be included at the end of each transcript volume.  It is a draft transcript, not a certified transcript.  As such, it may contain computer-generated mistranslations of stenotype code or electronic transmission errors resulting in inaccurate or nonsensical word combinations, or untranslated stenotype symbols which cannot be deciphered by non-stenotypists.

* A realtime unedited transcript will not be sold to anyone who is not a party to the case without prior approval of the presiding judge.


CD and Transcript Orders

Required Transcript Format

The Judicial Conference first adopted the uniform transcript format in 1944 to assure that each party is treated equally throughout the country.  JCUS-SEP 44, Appendix.  The format requirements must be followed because minor changes result in significant monetary losses to parties.  The per-page transcript rates are based on strict adherence to the prescribed format.  The format standards incorporate government standards for archival materials and assure that all transcripts produced in federal courts are produced on the same basis.

For formatting details, see the Guide to Judicial Policy, Volume 6, Chapter 5, § 520 Transcript Format


Transcript Order Form (Non-Appeal)

Magistrate and Bankruptcy Judge Proceedings

Updated on May 02, 2014

Magistrate and Bankruptcy proceedings are recorded by the electronic sound recording method and therefore, CD's can be reproduced of those hearings.

Transcript or CD's (audio) requests of proceedings held in the following locations, please contact:

Boise - (208) 334-1361

Pocatello/Twin Falls - (208) 478-4123

Coeur d'Alene/Moscow - (208) 665-6850


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Public Access to Court Transcripts

Updated on May 12, 2014

At its September 2007 session, the Judicial Conference approved a new policy to make electronic transcripts of court proceedings available to the public.
(JCUS-SEP 07, pp. 11-12).

Effective May 15, 2008:

  1. A transcript provided to the court by a court reporter or transcriber will be available at the office of the clerk of court for inspection only, for a period of 90 days after it is e-filed.
  2. During the 90-day period, a copy of the transcript may be obtained from the court reporter or transcriber at the rate established by the Judicial Conference.  The transcript will be available within the court for internal use, and an attorney who obtains the transcript from the court reporter or transcriber may obtain remote electronic access to the transcript through the court’s CM/ECF system.
  3. After the 90-day period has ended, the filed transcript will be available for inspection and copying in the clerk’s office and for download from the court’s CM/ECF system through PACER.  If a Redacted Transcript is filed (see Policy and Procedures below), the Redacted Transcript is available for public access and the original transcript remains restricted.

Transcript Redaction Policy & Procedures

Updated on Apr 29, 2015

Amendments to the Federal Civil and Criminal Rules of Procedure implementing the E-Government Act of 2002's requirement to protect the privacy and security of publicly available electronic filings are in effect regarding the public access to court transcripts. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the attorneys to comply with this requirement when ordering transcripts of federal court proceedings.

Effective May 15, 2008:

The attorneys are responsible for identifying the information to be redacted even if the requestor is a judge or a member of the public or media.

Court reporters, transcribers or court clerks are not responsible for identifying any needed redactions.

Personal Identifiers

  • Social Security numbers (or taxpayer identification numbers), redact to the last four digits;
  • financial account numbers, redact to the last four digits;
  • dates of birth;
  • individuals known to be minor children, redact to the initials; and
  • any home address stated in court, redact to the city and state

Note: While the court transcriber is authorized to redact the personal identifiers noted above, a party must receive a ruling of the court before other information in the transcript may be redacted.

Pursuant to District Local Civil Rule 5.5, public access shall not be provided to documents containing identifying information about jurors or potential jurors.  Therefore, transcripts of voir dire or jury selection should be done as a separate volume and sealed by the court.

Timeline

  1. A party orders a transcript. The court reporter or transcriber creates the transcript, and provides a copy to the purchasing party.
     
  2. District: The court reporter or transcriber e-mails the certified transcript in pdf format to the court and identifies those purchasing parties allowed electronic access.
    Bankruptcy : The court transcriber e-files the certified transcript.

The transcript filed electronically with the court must be exactly the same as the original and must contain a certification.  Compressed format (4 pages per physical page) is also acceptable.

  1. District: Court staff e-files the transcript, sends the Official Notice of Transcript Filing, and grants electronic access to any user identified as a purchasing party.  The subject line of the email shall contain the case number.
    Bankruptcy: The Official Notice of Transcript Filing is automatically sent with the entry of the transcript. The Court allows electronic access to any user identified as a purchasing party.
     
  2. Attorneys review transcript for personal identifiers.  A "Notice of Intent to Request Redaction"  should be electronically filed within 7 business days thereafter.
     
  3. A "Request for Redaction" is electronically filed with the court within 21 days following the filing of the original transcript. A copy of the Request shall be served on the court reporter or transcriber by the requesting party.

Note: The "Request" is a public document. Attorneys should not identify the actual information requiring redaction in the document. Instead list how the redaction should read. Example: "Page 3, Line 14, redact SS# to xxx-xx-1234" or "Page 15, Line 23, redact minor name to initials Axxxx Bxxxx Cxxxx".

  1. Within 30 days of the filing of the original transcript, the court reporter or transcriber completes a redacted transcript and e-files the redacted transcript (as described above). Copies of the redacted transcript are not supplied to the parties as with the original.
     
  2. District/Bankruptcy: The Court grants electronic access to any user who has permission to view the original transcript.
     
  3. After the 90-day restriction period, the redacted transcript will be available to the public. The original unredacted version will remain restricted except to those who have purchased it. If no redacted transcript has been filed, the original transcript will be available to the public.
     
  4. District: Invoices from transcribers may be sent to the same email box.  However, CJA 24 forms will be processed through the Court's eVoucher system.

Resources
Email Box for District Court Transcripts
Click above to submit a transcript in pdf format to be filed with the Clerk's Office.
Transcript Order Form (Non-Appeal)
Transcript Fees, Guide to Judicial Policy
Sample Transcript Redaction Request
Bankruptcy Filing Fees
Effective December 1, 2016
District Filing Fees
Effective December 1, 2016
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