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Ordering Transcripts

Court Reporting and Electronic Court Recording Services

Proceedings before district judges in the Southern District of Texas are either reported by official court reporters or they are digitally recorded by electronic recording operators. All proceedings before magistrate judges and bankruptcy judges are digitally recorded.

"No transcripts of the proceedings of the court shall be considered as official except those made from the records certified by the reporter or other individual designated [by the court] to produce the record." 28 U.S.C. Section 753(b)

Instructions for Ordering Transcripts

It is the responsibility of the ordering party to ensure the correctness of all transcript orders. Court employees will assist you as needed, but are not responsible for the correctness of your order form.  Please read all instructions carefully.

Information Required to Place an Order
Transcript Order Forms
Rates and Contact Information for Electronic Recording Transcriber Services (by division)
Rates and Contact Information for Court Reporters
Financial Arrangements
Ordering Duplicate CDs or Tapes of Electronically Recorded Court Proceedings
Transcript Order Cancellations
New Judicial Conference Transcript Policy 
           - Frequently Asked Questions
           - Sample Statement of Redaction (Bankruptcy Version)
General Information

DO NOT E-FILE YOUR TRANSCRIPT ORDER. All orders can be dropped off, mailed, faxed or emailed to the Clerk's Office for the appropriate division.  If you have any questions concerning your transcript or duplicate CD/tape order, call the Electronic Recording Operations Office at (713) 250-5500.  If no one is available to assist you at the time of your call, clearly mark on your order form that you wish to be contacted before the order is processed, and indicate your preferred contact method/information. 

DO NOT send someone to pick up transcript until you have been notified by court personnel, not the transcription service, that the transcript is ready for pick up.

DEPOSITS:  Deposit required for electronically recorded court proceedings will be the full cost of hearing requested.  It is payable to the transcription service of your choice.  See Rates and Contact Information for Electronic Recording Transcriber Service (by division) for a complete listing of transcription services/rates to choose from.

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPTS:  If only a portion of a proceeding is being ordered, specify exactly what material is to be transcribed.  Be sure this information is very clear.

COPY TRANSCRIPTS:  All orders for copy transcripts must say "TRANSCRIPT COPY," on the order form.  Your order will be processed by the transcription service/court reporter that prepared the original transcript. 

Placing orders early in the day facilitates same-day processing.