Policy on the Electronic Availability of Transcripts of Court Proceedings
A transcript provided to the Court by a court reporter or transcriber will be available at the public terminals of the Clerk’s Office, for inspection only, for a period of 90 days after it is filed.
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 then be available by remote electronic access to any party or attorney of record who has purchased a copy from the court reporter.
After the 90-day period has ended, the transcript will be available for inspection and copying the Clerk’s Office, and for download through PACER.
The following information provides guidance for counsel and parties in requesting the redaction of personal data identifiers from a transcript, before the transcript is made electronically available to the general public through PACER. The responsibility for redacting personal identifiers rests solely with counsel and the parties. Neither the Clerk’s Office nor the court reporter or transcriber will review transcripts for compliance with the redaction policy.
Notice of Intent to Redact
Within 7 calendar 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.
If a redaction is requested, a party 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. This procedure is limited to the redaction of the specific personal data identifiers listed below:
- Social security numbers or taxpayer I.D. numbers should be limited to the last four digits;
- Financial account numbers should be redacted to the last four digits;
- Dates of birth should contain only the year of birth; and,
- Names of minor children should be referred to by initials.
If a party 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 available to the public by remote electronic access after 90 days.
Request for Additional Redactions
If a party requests further redactions, in additional to the personal identifiers listed above, the party 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 available by remote electronic access, even if the 90-day restriction period has ended.
Remote Public Access to Transcripts
If a redacted transcript is filed with the Court, it will be electronically available through PACER after 90 calendar days from the date of filing of the original transcript, and the original transcript will never be electronically available through PACER. If the original transcript is filed without redaction, the original transcript will be electronically available through PACER after 90 calendar days.
PACER fees will be applied during and after the 90-day restriction period. Charges will not be capped at 30 pages as they are for other court documents, but will accrue for the entire transcript. The user will incur PACER charges each time the transcript is accessed, even though he or she may have purchased it from the court reporter and been assigned remote electronic access rights. There is no "free look" for transcripts.
Note: This policy applies to transcripts of events taking place in the Court’s courtrooms, not depositions taken outside of court proceedings or state courts or other jurisdictions.
Posted: October 8, 2008