Digital Audio in CM/ECF

Digital Audio in CM/ECF Access Instructions

 

Digital audio in CM/ECF

As of August 1, 2022, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware will make digital audio files of certain court proceedings available to the public over the Internet through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. Unless otherwise specified by the judge, audio files of court proceedings, other than consumer cases, will be uploaded to the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system.

Accessing audio files from a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF)

Each individual that receives a NEF for a case will receive one free download of the audio file. To download the audio file, here are the instructions:  Digital Audio in CM/ECF Access Instructions

Please see the PACER website for PACER fee information.  https://pacer.uscourts.gov/pacer-pricing-how-fees-work

Limiting personal information

If information subject to the court's privacy policy is stated on the record, it will be publicly available in the uploaded audio file. Since counsel and the parties are solely responsible for guaranteeing that pleadings and testimony comply with the court's rules requiring redaction of personal data identifiers, best practice is to avoid
introducing personal data identifiers and other sensitive information into the record of the hearing, unless necessary to prove an element of the case.  Please note that court staff are unable to redact audio files that are uploaded to CM/ECF. Please take this into account when questioning witnesses or making other statements in court. If private information is mentioned during a hearing or trial, counsel may move the court to seal, restrict, or otherwise prohibit placement of the digital audio file of the hearing or trial on the Internet through the PACER system.

Privacy policy

The judiciary’s privacy policy restricts the publication of certain personal data in documents filed with the court. The policy requires limiting the disclosure of Social Security and financial account numbers to the last four digits, using only initials for the names of minor children, and limiting dates of birth to the year. However, if such information is elicited during testimony or other court proceedings, it will become available to the public through the audio file.

 

Please Note:  As a result of technical limitations caused by COVID-19, Digital Audio will be available only upon request.  If you would like to receive an audio copy of a hearing, you will need to contact the Help Desk by phone or email.  A payment of $31 will be assessed in accordance with our current  fee Schedule and can be sent by check or money order to the court.

Help Desk Contact Information

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
302-252-2887
Email: 
helpdeskde@deb.uscourts.gov