Requests for Transcripts of Hearings and Trials
Order Form. A transcript of a court proceeding may be ordered by filing a request substantially conforming to the local form Request for Transcript. The request must be filed with the court in a specific case or proceeding – transcript requests via phone, fax, or email are not accepted.
Transcription Services. The court-approved transcription services are listed on the request form. The court will select a transcription service if none is indicated on the form. The transcription service will directly file a copy of the transcript with the court.
Rates. Transcript fees are charged per page for the number of copies (the original and any additional copies ordered) and delivery time requested. There is no charge for the copy provided to the court. The maximum rates set by the Judicial Conference of the United States are printed on the reverse side of the transcript request form. Fees must be paid directly to the transcriber in accordance with the payment arrangements made with the transcription service. Delivery times commence on the date that payment arrangements are made.
Restricted Public Access Period and Redaction Requirements. A transcript may be viewed immediately after filing at public computer terminals in the Clerk’s Office. However, to provide time for parties to review a transcript for compliance with the privacy protection provisions of Bankruptcy Rule 9037, a transcript generally will not be made electronically available to the general public via the Internet until at least 90 days after the date the transcript is filed. For more information, see LBR 5077-1.
Requests for Audio Recordings of Hearings and Trials
Availability of Audio Recordings
- Before May 1, 2002, hearings were recorded using standard audio tapes and will be reproduced on a standard audio cassette.
- On and after May 1, 2002, hearings were recorded digitally and may be reproduced on a compact disc (CD) with a choice of formats.
- 2012 and after, hearings may have a digital recording attached to the PDF of a minute entry in PACER, the judiciary's electronic record system. There is $2.40 fee to access the audio file which may be downloaded.
Ordering an Audio Recording
A court-produced audio recording may be ordered by filing a request substantially conforming to the local form Request for Audio Recording of Hearing. The request must be filed with the court in a specific case or proceeding – requests via phone, fax, or email are not accepted. Pursuant to the Appendix to 28 U.S.C. § 1930 (Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule), there is a $32 fee to reproduce an audio recording of a court proceeding. This fee is due with the filing of the request.
NOTE: The court does not process any requests for transcripts or audio recordings of meetings of creditors held under § 341 of the Bankruptcy Code. Contact the Office of the United States Trustee, 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 602, Honolulu, HI 96813, (808) 522-8150, for information about obtaining an audio recording of a 341 meeting.