Digital Audio Recordings
Digital audio recordings are now available to the public through the PACER system for a fee of $2.40. In March 2010, the Judicial Conference approved the plan to make digital audio recordings available on PACER after a two-year pilot project showed significant public interest in accessing these files. Prior to the pilot, access was only possible by obtaining a CD recording from the clerk of court's office for $26.
The presiding judge determines if the audio recording will be posted on PACER. Digital audio recording is used in most bankruptcy and many district courts (where magistrate judges account for most of the usage).
The following courts provide access to audio files through the PACER system: the U.S. District Courts in Nebraska, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in the District of Alaska, Northern District of California, District of Connecticut, Middle District of Florida, District of Hawaii, Central District of Illinois, Southern District of Indiana, District of Maine, Eastern District of Michigan, District of Minnesota, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern District of North Carolina, Middle District of North Carolina, District of Nebraska, District of New Mexico, District of Nevada, District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, District of Puerto Rico, District of Rhode Island, District of Utah, District of Vermont, Eastern District of Washington, Northern District of West Virginia, Southern District of West Virginia, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the District of Wyoming. For more information about digital audio recordings, use the Contact Us button above.
Link to video tutorial:
Digital Audio Recording Access Tutorial
Links to past articles:
August 6,2007 Press Release
Project Expanded: More Courts Offering Digital Audio Recordings Online
Third Branch Article
Judiciary Approves PACER Innovations to Enhance Public Access