Obtaining a Transcript or Audio Recording of Court Proceedings

Effective October 1, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida has adopted the use of digital audio recording (DAR) of all court proceedings ONLY in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach divisions.  The Miami division will transition to DAR after it moves to the C. Clyde Atkins U.S. Courthouse in late 2014.  The courtroom technology selected is ForTheRecord® (FTR).

Until the Miami division moves into the C. Clyde Atkins U.S. Courthouse, Ouellette & Mauldin Court Reporters will remain as the court's official court reporting contract service.  Once the Miami division transitions to the digital audio recording, solicitations will be accepted for any transcription company interested in being added to the court approved list (subject to proficiency exercise).

Have questions? Please review the FAQs for possible answers.

Requests for Transcripts/Audio Recordings

·         Transcript

Effective October 1,2013, all requests for transcripts must be submitted on NEW Local Form "Transcript Request Form." Requests for transcripts will not be accepted in the courtroom or in the clerk's office. The completed form must be submitted directly to the court authorized transcription service (Ouellette & Mauldin Court Reporters) by email, fax or U.S. mail. A separate form must be submitted for each hearing transcript being requested.  Prior to requesting a transcript, it is the responsibility of the requesting party to verify that the transcript has not already been filed with the court.

o    Transcript Request Form(LF-05)

o    Judicial Conference Maximum Transcript Rates

o    Guidelines on Electronic Availability of Transcripts and Procedures for  Transcript Redaction (CG-11)


·         Compact Disc (CD)

A request for a compact disc (CD) containing an audio recording of a proceeding held on or after October 1, 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, can be purchased at a cost of $30.00 for each hearing requested.  All requests must be submitted on NEW Local Form "Request for Compact Disc (CD) of Audio Recording of Court Proceeding."  Requests will not be accepted in the courtroom. The completed form must be submitted at any clerk’s office location or by U.S. mail or email to:  Audio_Recording_Request@flsb.uscourts.gov.  A CD of audio recordings will be available within two business days following receipt of the request.  The clerk’s office will contact you when the CD is ready for pickup. The CD will not be released to the ordering party until payment is made via cash or check made payable to Clerk, U.S. Court. If you request the CD be mailed, you must provide the clerk’s office with a padded, self-addressed stamped envelope along with the required fee.  A separate request form must be completed for each hearing requested.

o    Request for Compact Disc (CD) of Audio Recording of Court Proceeding  (LF-13)