Court Records - Transcript Request

 

Procedures for Requesting Transcripts

Transcript From an Official Court Reporter (Non-Appeal)
Transcript From an Official Reporter (Appeal)
Transcript Under the Criminal Justice Act
Transcript From an Electronic Recording (Magistrate Judge Proceedings)
Transcript Rates
Transcript Redaction Requirements

For more information, see the Court Reporter Management Plan


Transcript From an Official Court Reporter (Non-Appeal)
To obtain a transcript (non-appeal), follow these procedures.
  1. Request the transcript (orally or in writing) from the appropriate court reporter. Be sure to provide pertinent information to identify the material to be transcribed.
  2. After receiving your request, the court reporter will provide an estimate of the cost. You must then make arrangements with the court reporter for payment.

Once financial arrangements have been made, the court reporter will prepare an original and one copy of the transcript and AO 44 invoice. The court reporter will file the original transcript and AO 44 invoice with the Clerk's Office and provide a copy of the transcript and AO 44 invoice to you.


Transcript From an Official Reporter (Appeal)
If you are an appellant, you must follow these procedures.
  1. Contact the appropriate court reporter to make financial arrangements for the transcript.
  2. Complete information on the transcript order form (top portion and Part I) and forward copies 1-4 to the court reporter. (This form is a multi-part form, so you must print the additional copies needed for proper routing.)
  3. Distribute pages 5 - 8 as indicated on the bottom center of the form.

The court reporter will complete Part II, forward page 4 to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and prepare an original and one copy of the transcript. The court reporter will file the original transcript with the Clerk's Office and forward the copy to you.


Transcript From an Electronic Recording (Magistrate Judge Proceedings)
To request a transcript from an electronic recording, follow these procedures.
  1. Send a written request to the appropriate magistrate judge's secretary or courtroom deputy to make arrangements for transcribing the tape.
  2. The secretary or courtroom deputy will provide the tape to a transcriber with your original request. The transcriber will then contact you. You must make financial arrangements with the transcriber at that time.

Once financial arrangements have been made, the transcriber will prepare an original and one copy of the transcript. The transcriber will provide a copy of the transcript to you and file the original in the Clerk's Office.

You may also purchase a copy of an audio tape by making an oral or written request to the appropriate magistrate judge's secretary or courtroom deputy. Follow directions given by the secretary or courtroom deputy for picking-up and paying for the tape. Please see the fee schedule for the current fee.


Transcript Rates — All Parties*
PER PAGE - Effective October 23, 2007
  Original Copy to
Each Party
Each Add'l Copy
to the Same Party
Ordinary Transcript
(To be delivered within 30 calendar days after receipt of order)
$3.65 $.90 $.60
14-Day Transcript
(To be delivered within 14 calendar days after receipt of order)
$4.25 $.90 $.60
Expedited Transcript
(To be delivered within 7 calendar days after receipt of order)
$4.85 $.90 $.60
Daily Transcript
(To be delivered following adjournment and prior to the normal opening hour of court on the following morning, whether or not it actually is a court day)
$6.05 $1.20 $.90
Hourly
(To be delivered within two hours after receipt of order)
$7.25 $1.20 $.90
Realtime Transcript
(A draft unedited transcript produced by a certified realtime reporter as a byproduct of realtime to be delivered electronically during proceedings or immediately following adjournment.)
$3.05 $1.20  
Transcript in CJA Cases
In multi-defendant cases involving CJA defendants, only one transcript should be purchased from the court reporter on behalf of CJA defendants. One of the appointed counsel or clerk of court should arrange for duplication, at commercially competitive rates, of enough copies of the transcript for each CJA defendant for whom a transcript has been approved. The cost of duplication will be charged to the CJA appropriation. This policy does not preclude the court reporter from providing copies at a commercially competitive rate.
 
PER PAGE - Effective Prior to October 23, 2007
  Original Copy to
Each Party
Each Add'l Copy
to the Same Party
Ordinary Transcript
(To be delivered within 30 calendar days after receipt of order)
$3.30 $.83 $.55
Expedited Transcript
(To be delivered within 7 calendar days after receipt of order)
$4.40 $.83 $.55
Daily Transcript
(To be delivered following adjournment and prior to the normal opening hour of court on the following morning, whether or not it actually is a court day)
$5.50 $1.10 $.83
Hourly
(To be delivered within two hours after receipt of order)
$6.60 $1.10 $.83
Transcript in CJA Cases
In multi-defendant cases involving CJA defendants, only one transcript should be purchased from the court reporter on behalf of CJA defendants. One of the appointed counsel or clerk of court should arrange for duplication, at commercially competitive rates, of enough copies of the transcript for each CJA defendant for whom a transcript has been approved. The cost of duplication will be charged to the CJA appropriation. This policy does not preclude the court reporter from providing copies at a commercially competitive rate.

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* Taken from Volume VI of the Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures.

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