On February 25, 2016, the Court will begin making digital audio files of court proceedings available to the public over the Internet using a program called CourtSpeak. This program will automatically docket a copy of a recorded hearing to the CM/ECF (PACER) docket in mp3 format. These recordings will be available on PACER for a fee of $2.40 per audio file. CM/ECF participants in a case may access the audio file one time for free, just as they do with other electronically-filed documents, and may download and save the file for future use. The recording will be embedded in a PDF file attached to the docket and, in most cases, will be available on the docket the day after the hearing.
Digital recordings made in trials, evidentiary hearings and Chapter 11 hearings held before Chief Judge Trish M. Brown will be uploaded to CM/ECF. Other judges are expected to follow after a short period of time.
These digital recordings will be made available to the public as a convenience; they will not be considered the official record. If an individual requires an official record of a hearing, a transcript must be ordered from the list of court-approved transcriptionists found in LBF 335.
Responsibility of Counsel: It will be the responsibility of counsel to notify the courtroom deputy during or prior to the hearing of their desire to restrict audio from the Internet.