Order Audio Files or Transcripts

ORDERING AUDIO FILES OR TRANSCRIPTS

To order an audio file or transcript from a hearing, please contact the appropriate person for the hearing location listed below.  Audio files are saved to CD with a cost of $31.00 per request.  Checks/money orders must be payable to "Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court."  Court staff will copy the audio file to a CD and send it to the purchaser with instructions on how to download the "free" FTR Gold software necessary to play the audio files.  Audio files are not available for Williamsport Hearings.

For transcripts, Court staff will estimate the cost of the transcript and convey the estimated cost to the purchaser (the court reporter will estimate transcript costs for Williamsport hearings).  If the purchaser wishes to order the transcript, a check or money order should be mailed directly to the designated transcription company. This information is available from the persons indicated below.  The transcription company will docket the transcript on the case and forward a copy to the purchaser with a refund of any amount over the estimate, or an invoice for any balance due. All requests or questions should be directed to the persons indicated below. Fees vary depending on the turnaround time required. Transcription rates are set by the Judicial Conference and are located here:  Maximum Transcript Rates.

Harrisburg Hearings Wilkes-Barre Hearings Williamsport Hearings

Tonia Wilson
Phone:  717-901-2820

 

Pam Radginski
Phone:  570-831-2542
Patricia Ratchford
Phone:  570-831-2509

Ann Diggan
Phone: 570-971-4466

 

 TRANSCRIPT REDACTION GUIDELINES

Pursuant to Judicial Conference policy regarding the protection of certain personal information including full social security numbers, birth dates, the names of minors, and financial account numbers ("personal identifiers"), the Court has established the following procedures for attorneys and/or parties to follow when ordering and filing transcripts that will be made part of the official public record in cases before the Court.  It is the filing party's responsibility to redact these types of personal identifiers.  Clerk's office staff are prohibited by policy and law from altering any document filed in the Court.

PROCESS:

Notice of the filing of a transcript and applicable deadlines will be via Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) for ECF users.  Parties that are not ECF users and pro se debtors will receive a paper notice via regular mail.

A transcript that is e-filed with the court by a court reporter or transcriber will be available at the Clerk’s Office for inspection only for a period of 90 days after it is filed. Upon docketing the transcript access is automatically restricted to court staff and public terminal users.  The transcript may not be reproduced by the clerk during that 90 day period.

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. 

If redactions are necessary, parties  must file a Request for Redaction form with the Court and make service on the court Reporter or transcriber within 21 days from the filing of the transcript.  The request  must indicate where the personal identifiers that are to be redacted appear in the transcript by page and line number.

Redaction Requests may be filed with the clerk in various ways.  All requests will be viewable to the clerk’s office only.   
1)  A statement can be worded in such a way that the personal information is not repeated (i.e., redact SS# on Page 12, line 9 to read xxx-xx-1234).
2)  A statement can contain full text of personal identifiers.

A transcript will be remotely available only to attorneys of record who have purchased a copy from the court reporter.  Members of the general public including pro se parties who purchase the transcript will not be given remote electronic access to the transcript or any redacted version filed during the 90-day period.

Once a request for redaction is filed, the transcriber has 31 calendar days from the date of the filing of the transcript to file a redacted version of the transcript.

An Extension of Time to file a Redaction Request may be obtained if counsel files a Motion with the court.  

REDACTION POLICY:

* This procedure is available only for the redaction of the specific personal data identifiers  listed below:
     • the first five digits of the social security number and taxpayer-identification number;
     • the month and date of an individual’s birth;
     • a minor’s full name (which will be redacted to the initials) and
     • all but the last four digits of a financial-account number.

Requests for further redactions must be filed by counsel in the form of a separate Motion to Redact Additional Items (Protective Order), within the 21-day request for redaction time period.  The transcript will not be made electronically available, even if the 90-day restriction period has ended, until the Court rules on any such motion.

* This policy applies only to transcripts of federal courtroom proceedings.

* The attorneys and pro se parties who attended the hearing are solely responsible for redaction of the information described in Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037.

* Neither the Clerk nor the court reporter or transcriber will review transcripts for compliance with this policy.

* If no redactions are requested, the transcript will be made viewable 90 days from the date of filing.

* If an attorney purchases the un-redacted transcript, court staff will grant the attorney remote electronic access to the un-redacted transcript as well as any redacted version.

* If an attorney only purchases a redacted version of a transcript, the attorney will not be given remote access to the un-redacted transcript in CM.

* PACER fees will be charged even if  you have purchased the transcript.  The 30-page cap does not apply to viewing or printing via PACER.

* Under this policy, any party (or any other person or entity) may order production of a transcript on an expedited basis.