Transcript Pricing




Transcript Delivery and Format Options:


TRANSCRIPT OPTIONS AT A GLANCE:

 
   

DELIVERY TYPES

FORMATS

Ordinary (30-day)

PDF

14-day

Text or ASCI

Expedited (7-day)

Paper/Hard Copy

Daily (next day)

Condensed with index

Hourly (within 2 hrs)

Unlock PDF on CM/ECF/PACER



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Maximum Transcript Rates


Maximum transcript rates are set at the national level for all federal district courts by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The current maximum rates are on this page.

  Original 1 First Copy to Each Party Each Add'l Copy to the Same Party

Ordinary Transcript (30 day) 
A transcript to be delivered within thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of an order.

$3.65

$.90

$.60

14-Day Transcript 
A transcript to be delivered within fourteen (14) calendar days after receipt of an order.

$4.25

$.90

$.60

Expedited Transcript (7 day)
A transcript to be delivered within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of an order.

$4.85

$.90 $.60

Daily Transcript
A transcript to be delivered following adjournment and prior to the normal opening hour of the court on the following morning whether or not it actually is a court day.

$6.05 $1.20 $.90

Hourly Transcript
A transcript of proceedings ordered under unusual circumstances to be delivered within two (2) hours.

$7.25

$1.20 $.90

Realtime Transcript
A draft unedited transcript produced by a certified realtime reporter as a byproduct of realtime to be delivered electronically during proceedings or immediately following adjournment.

One feed,2 $3.05 per page; two-to-four feeds, $2.10 per page; five or more feeds, $1.50 per page.  


  1. The original includes a copy to be filed with the Clerk of the court for no additional fee, “Each reporter may charge and collect fees for transcripts requested by the parties, including the United States, at rates prescribed by the court subject to the approval of the Judicial Conference.  He or she shall not charge a fee for any copy of a transcript delivered to the clerk for the records of the court…. (28 U.S.C. § 753(f))” (italics added).


  2. A realtime "feed" is the electronic data flow from the court reporter to the computer of each person or party ordering and receiving the realtime transcription in the courtroom.



Note: In multi-defendant cases involving CJA defendants, no more than one transcript may be purchased from the court reporter on behalf of all CJA defendants. See Guide to Judiciary Policy Vol. 6 § 530.20.20(a). In these cases, if counsel for one CJA defendant requests a transcript that has not previously been prepared and delivered to anyone else, the court reporter may charge for one original. All transcript requests by CJA defendants must be submitted in CJA eVoucher.



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Transcript Pricing Examples

Estimating transcript prices under the different format and delivery options can be confusing. These examples do not reflect current rates, but are provided for your convenience in understanding how costs are computed.



Example 1: Original vs. Copy Cost – Ordinary (30-Day) Delivery

  • The first party orders an original transcript with an ordinary (30-day) delivery @ $3.65 per page x 100 pages = $365.

  • A second party later orders 1 copy with an expedited 7-day, 14-day or 30-day delivery (fee is the same) of the same transcript, so the cost is $.90 per page x 100 pages = $90. (A “daily” or “hourly” delivery of a copy is $1.20 per page.)

    The per-page rate for transcript copies provided by a court reporter is based on the delivery type requested by the party ordering the copy, not the delivery schedule on which the original transcript was produced.

  • When delivering the transcripts to the ordering party, the court reporter also unlocks the transcript on CM/ECF for the ordering party to download for no additional fee, except the per-page PACER fee.

    For 90 days after the original transcript is delivered to the ordering party, only parties that have ordered and paid for a transcript (original or copy) from a court reporter can view and print additional copies of the transcript via CM/ECF or PACER. During the 90-day restriction period, a copy of the transcript may be viewed, but not printed or copied, in the Clerk's Office.

  • After the expiration of the 90-day restriction period, any party may download the transcript from CM/ECF or PACER for no transcript fee (except the per-page PACER fee) or purchase additional copies from the court reporter at the transcript copy rate.



Example 2: Original vs. Copy Cost – Daily Delivery

  • The first party orders an original transcript with daily delivery @ $6.05 per page x 100 pages = $605.

  • A second party orders 1 copy with a daily delivery of the same transcript, so the cost is $1.20 per page x 100 pages = $120.

    The per-page rate for transcript copies provided by a court reporter is based on the delivery type requested by the party ordering the copy, not the delivery type on which the original transcript was produced.

  • When delivering the transcripts to the ordering party, the court reporter also unlocks the transcript on CM/ECF for the ordering party to download for no additional fee, except the per-page PACER fee.

    For 90 days after the original transcript is delivered to the ordering party, only parties that have ordered and paid for a transcript (original or copy) from a court reporter can view and print additional copies of the transcript via CM/ECF or PACER. During the 90-day restriction period, a copy of the transcript may be viewed, but not printed or copied, in the Clerk's Office.

  • After the expiration of the 90-day restriction period, any party may download the transcript from CM/ECF or PACER for no transcript fee (except the per-page PACER fee) or purchase additional copies from the court reporter at the transcript copy rate.



Example 3: Multiple Copies – Daily Delivery

  • The first party orders an original transcript with daily delivery, plus 3 additional copies.

  • The original is $6.05 per page (e.g., PDF), plus 1.20 per page for the first additional copy (e.g., ASCI or TEXT), plus .90 per page for the second additional copy (e.g. condensed with index), plus .90 per page for the third additional copy (e.g., printed copy) for a total of $9.05 per page x 100 pages = $905.

  • A second party later orders 3 copies of the same transcript with daily delivery at $1.20 per page (in PDF), plus .90 per page (for hard copy), plus .90 per page (for a condensed copy with index), for a total per page rate of $3.00 x 100 pages = $300. (A 7-day, 14-day and 30-day delivery of a copy is .90 per page.)

    The per-page rate for transcript copies provided by a court reporter is based on the delivery schedule requested by the party ordering the copy, not the delivery schedule on which the original transcript was produced.

  • When delivering the transcripts to the ordering party, the court reporter also unlocks the transcript on CM/ECF for the ordering party to download for no additional fee, except the per-page PACER fee.

    For 90 days after the original transcript is delivered to the ordering party, only parties who have ordered and paid for a transcript (original or copy) from a court reporter can view and print additional copies of the transcript via CM/ECF or PACER. During the 90-day restriction period, a copy of the transcript may be viewed, but not printed or copied, in the Clerk's Office.

  • After the expiration of the 90-day restriction period, any party may download the transcript from CM/ECF or PACER for no transcript fee (except the per-page PACER fee) or purchase additional copies from the court reporter at the transcript copy rate.



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