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Procedures for Requesting Official Transcripts and Digital Audio Recordings of Court Proceedings

Official Transcripts
 
To obtain an original transcript, file a written request to the clerk's office using the form provided. The request must include the following information:
  • Name, address, and phone number of the person requesting the transcript
  • Name and case number of the proceeding, and the date/time of the hearing
  • Type of transcript (Ordinary, Expedited, etc.)
  • Specify if the request is for a full or partial transcript - if partial, specify selections
  • Specify if the transcript is for an appeal
Please note that if the transcript is for an appeal, Fed.R.B.P. 8006 and 8007 define specific duties regarding the preparation and filing of the transcript.
 
The clerk's office will transmit your request, along with an audio copy of the proceedings, to a transcriber or official court reporter. The transcriber will contact you to confirm the specifications of your request, as well as to make payment and delivery arrangements for the completed transcript. The delivery time is computed from the date of the agreed arrangements with the transcriber, not the date of filing with the court. You will make all payments directly to the transcriber and not to the court.
 
The format, delivery schedules, and fee requirements for all transcripts ordered are set by the Judicial Conference of the United States (JCUS) and may periodically change. The maximum transcript fee rates as of December 1, 2016, are summarized in the following table. Please note that the court cannot estimate the cost or number of pages of the transcript.
 
TYPE DELIVERY COST
Ordinary Up to 30 days $3.65/page
14-Day Up to 14 days $4.25/page
Expedited Up to 7 days $4.85/page
Next Day 24 hours $6.05/page
 
To obtain a copy of a previously filed transcript, you may contact the official court reporter/transcriber. Consistent with the JCUS policy regarding the electronic availability of transcripts of court proceedings, a previously filed transcript may also be available at the clerk’s office. The policy is available online at the court’s website: www.innb.uscourts.gov.
 
If you have any questions regarding obtaining transcripts, please contact the respective courtroom deputy as follows:
 
South Bend (Judge Singleton): Brigette Wasielewski - (574) 968-2289
Fort Wayne/Lafayette (Judge Grant): Tracy King - (260) 426-2455
Hammond (Judge Ahler): Kathy Rains - (219) 852-3579
Hammond (Judge Lindquist): Thomas McConville - (219) 852-3550
 
Digital Audio Recordings
 
Rather than requesting a transcript from the hearing, you may request a copy of any audio recording made as the official record of the court proceedings. To obtain an audio recording, submit a written request to the clerk's office using the form provided. The request must include the following information:
 
  • Name, address, and phone number of the person requesting the transcript
  • Name and case number of the proceeding, and the date/time of the hearing
The JCUS has set a fee for an audio recording of a court proceeding, currently $32, which is payable to the court. The clerk’s office will notify you when the recording is available for pick up. If you would prefer to have the recording mailed to you, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope suitable for mailing a CD rom with your request.
 
If you have any questions regarding obtaining an audio recording, please contact the respective clerk’s office as follows:
 
South Bend Division: (574) 968-2100
Fort Wayne Division: (260) 420-5100
Lafayette Division: (765) 420-6300
Hammond Division: (219) 852-3480
 
NOTE: These procedures apply only to court proceedings. To request transcripts of the meeting of creditors (Section 341), please contact the appropriate trustee.