Procedures on Ordering Transcripts and Audio CD Recordings
REMINDER: Before ordering a transcript, review the case docket for the transcript that may have been ordered and docketed previously.
- The following are the available services for ordering a transcript:
||First Copy to Each Party
||Each Additional Copy to the Same Party
|Ordinary Transcript (30 days)
A transcript to be delivered within thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of an order
A transcript to be delivered within fourteen (14) calendar days after receipt of an order
|Expedited Transcript (7 days)
A transcript to be delivered within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of an order
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.
- The initial request for a transcript may be made via a letter, email or orally to the Electronic Court Recording Operator (ECRO). The following information must be provided: name of debtor or caption of adversary proceeding, date, time and location of hearing. The following is a list of ECRO's for each Bankruptcy Judge:
- The transcription firm is selected by the ECRO, on a rotational basis, from the list of approved transcription firms.
- After estimating the cost of the transcript, the ECRO will forward Form AO435 to the requestor with the cost and the transcript service to make the check payable to. (Note: Some audio may need to be retrieved from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which may delay the time to complete an estimate and will incur additional costs for archives retrieval.)
- Upon receipt of the estimate, the requester must submit the check, made payable to the assigned transcription firm, and a signed Form AO435 requesting the transcript to the ECRO. (Note: Special circumstances may allow for the requester to pay the transcriber directly. Please inquire with the ECRO upon the request.)
- The completed Form AO435, check, audio and any other applicable information is forwarded by the ECRO to the transcriber.
- Once the transcript is complete, the transcriber will deliver the transcript to the requestor and submit a copy to the court in electronic format. Transcripts of court proceedings will be made available to the public for inspection only at the clerk's office for 90 days after submission to the clerk of court. During that 90-day period, a copy of the transcript may be purchased from the court reporter or transcriber at the above rate established by the Judicial Conference. In addition, attorneys who have purchased the transcript or a copy thereof will be provided access to the document in ECF. After the 90-day period, transcripts will be available to the public in the clerk's office and through PACER, unless ordered sealed.
- There are two available formats for audio CDs:
- Standard CD Audio – Approximately 80 minutes/CD
- FTR Computer Format – Cannot be played in standard CD player – Approximately 3 hrs 45 minutes/CD
- The initial request for a copy of the audio may be made via a letter, email, or orally to the ECRO. The following information must be provided: audio format preference, name of debtor or caption of adversary proceeding, date, time and location of hearing. The cost of the audio is $30.00 for each CD.
- Once the ECRO receives the check, the audio CD will be available for pick-up at the Intake Counter of the appropriate court. Checks for audio CDs only should be made payable to: Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
- Toledo: Complete the AO435 for the requestor to sign when picking up and paying for the CD. Docket the signed AO435, with referenced receipt number.