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Transcripts & Redaction

Transcripts

For 90 days after a transcript is filed, it will be available in the Clerk’s Office, for inspection only, at the public terminal. 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 remotely electronically available to any attorneys of record who have purchased a copy from the court reporter.

After the 90-day period has ended, the transcript will be available for copying in the Clerk’s Office and for download through PACER.

Notice of Intent to Redact

Within five (5) business days of the filing of an official court transcript, each party wishing to redact a transcript must inform the court by filing a Notice of Intent to Redact. 

Redaction Request

If a redaction is requested, counsel must submit to the court reporter a Redaction Request within 21 days from the filing of the transcript, indicating where the personal identifiers appear in the transcript by page and line and how they are to be redacted.

If an attorney files a Notice of Intent to Redact but fails to timely file a Redaction Request or Motion to Extend Time, no redactions will be made and the original transcript will be remotely publicly available after 90 days.

Requests for Additional Redactions

If counsel would like to request further redactions, in addition personal identifiers, counsel must move the Court by filing a separate Motion for Redaction of Electronic Transcript. Until the Court has ruled on any such motion, the transcript will not be electronically available, even if the 90-day restriction period has ended.

Remote Public Access to Transcripts

If a redacted transcript is filed with the Court, the redacted transcript will be remotely, electronically available through PACER after 90 calendar days from the date of filing of the original transcript and the original transcript will never be made publicly available. If the original transcript is filed without redaction, that original transcript will be remotely, electronically available through PACER after 90 calendar days.

CJA Panel Attorneys

An attorney who is serving as appointed “standby” counsel for a pro se litigant must review the transcript as if the pro se party were his/her client. If an attorney represents a client pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), including serving as standby counsel, the attorney conducting the review of the transcript is entitled to compensation under the CJA for functions reasonably performed to fulfill the obligation and for reimbursement of related reasonable expenses.

Counsel are strongly urged to share this information with their clients so that an informed decision about the inclusion of certain materials may be made. The responsibility for redacting personal identifiers rests solely with counsel and the parties. Neither the Clerk nor the Court Reporter will review transcripts for compliance with this policy.

For further information on these policies:

     Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 5.2

     Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 49.1