The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin will be closed on
Friday July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday
Judicial Conference Maximum Transcript Fee Rates -Per Page
|Original||First Copy to Each Party||Each Additional Copy to the Same Party|
|Ordinary Transcript (30 day)
A transcript to be delivered within thirty (30)
calendar days after receipt of an order.
A transcript to be delivered within fourteen (14)
calendar days after receipt of an order.
|Expedited Transcript (7 day)
A transcript to be delivered within seven (7)
calendar days after receipt of an order.
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.
A transcript of proceedings ordered under unusual circumstances to be delivered within two (2) hours.
Redaction of Electronic Transcripts
Amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules to implement the requirements of the EGovernment
Act of 2002 took effect on December 1, 2007. The new rules require redaction of
personal identifier information from filings. The personal identifiers to be redacted are Social
Security numbers, names of minor children, financial account numbers, dates of birth.
Once a prepared transcript is delivered to the clerk’s office pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 753, the attorneys in the case are (or, where there is a self-represented party, the party is)
responsible for reviewing it for the personal data identifiers required by the federal rules to be
redacted, and providing the court reporter or transcriber with a statement of the redactions to be
made to comply with the rules. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the attorney must review
the following portions of the transcript:
(a) opening and closing statements made on the party’s behalf;
(b) statements of the party;
(c) the testimony of any witnesses called by the party;
(d) sentencing proceedings; and
(e) any other portion of the transcript as ordered by the court.
Within seven calendar days of the delivery by the court reporter or transcriber of the
official transcript to the clerk’s office, each attorney must inform the court, by filing a notice of
redaction with the clerk, of his or her intent to direct the redaction of personal data identifiers
from the electronic transcript of the court proceeding. If no such notice is filed within the
allotted time, the court will assume redaction of personal data identifiers from the transcript is
A party is to submit to the court reporter or transcriber, within 21 calendar days of the
transcript’s delivery to the clerk, or longer if a court so orders, a statement indicating where the
personal data identifiers to be redacted appear in the transcript. The court reporter or transcriber
must redact the identifiers as directed by the party.
These procedures are limited to the redaction of the specific personal data identifiers
listed in the rules. During the 21-day period, or longer if the court so orders, an attorney may move the court for additional redactions to the transcript. The transcript shall not be made available on the internet until the court has ruled upon any such motion.
The court reporter or transcriber must, within 31 calendar days of the delivery of the
transcript to the clerk of court, or longer if the court so orders, perform the requested redactions,
and file a redacted version of the transcript with the clerk of court. The original unredacted
electronic transcript should be retained by the clerk of court.
Effective November 1, 2011
A digital audio file is created when electronic sound recording is employed by a judge as the
official method for making a record of hearings and trials. The audio files are available at the Clerk’s
Office for review free of charge. Any party interested in listening to an audio recording at the Clerk’s
Office must complete an Audio Recording Request Form. A deputy clerk will process the request and
provide the equipment necessary to listen to the audio recording. The audio recording and equipment
are not to be removed from the Clerk’s Office.
A party may also purchase a copy of an audio recording. The audio recording will be copied to
an audio CD which contains a single audio track and can be played in any CD player. The fee for
reproducing recordings of proceedings is established by the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee
Schedule. The current fee is $30.00. As with other fees, the bankruptcy court cannot accept a personal
check from a debtor. Any party interested in purchasing an audio CD must complete an Audio CD
Request Form. The form is available on the court’s website or at the Clerk’s Office.
If you have questions about audio files, please contact the Clerk’s Office through our website
by selecting the “contact us” tab and sending an email inquiry or by telephone at (414) 290-2700.
Electronic Availability of Transcripts
A transcript provided to a court by a court reporter or transcriber will be available at the office of
the clerk of court for inspection only, for a period of 90 days after it is delivered to the clerk. During the
90 day period, a copy of the transcript may only be obtained from the court reporter or transcriber at the
rate established by the Judicial Conference. An attorney on the case who has purchased a transcript
(either an original or a copy) will be given access to it through the court's CM/ECF system during the
initial 90-day period, to allow for compliance with the Judicial Conference’s redaction policy, as well as
for the creation and filing of appellate briefs containing hyperlinks to the transcript.
After the 90 day period has ended, the transcript filed with the court will be available for
inspection and copying in the clerk’s office and for downloading from the court’s CM/ECF system
through the judiciary’s PACER system.
If you have questions about the availability of transcripts, please contact the clerk’s office through
our website or by telephone at (414) 290-2700.
“Upon the request of any party to any proceeding which has been so recorded who has agreed to pay the fee therefor, or of a judge of the court, the reporter or other individual designated to produce the record shall promptly transcribe the original records of the requested parts of the proceedings and attach to the transcript his official certificate, and deliver the same to the party or judge making the request.” (28 U.S.C. § 753(b))
The Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court employs two methods of recording proceedings: court reporters and electronic sound recording. Below are instructions for obtaining transcripts based on the method used to record the proceeding. For either method you will need to supply the case number, case name, proceeding date, and name of the judge. If at any time you have questions concerning obtaining a transcript, please contact the Clerk’s Office through our website by selecting the “contact us” tab and sending an email inquiry or by telephone at (414) 290-2700.
Transcripts are not available for a section 341 meeting of creditors, but recordings of the hearings are available from the U.S. Trustee’s Office. Please contact the U.S. Trustee's Office at 414-297-4476, if you would like a copy of a section 341 meeting of creditors recording.
Electronic Sound Recording
If electronic sound recording was used to record the hearing, contact a transcription service provider to order the transcript. You can place your order via their websites or by telephone. Financial arrangements should be made directly with the transcription service provider. Upon receipt of your order, the transcription service provider will contact the Clerk’s Office to obtain the appropriate audio files. Below is the contact information for the approved transcription service providers.
Audio Edge Transcription, LLC
425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, New Jersey 07068
(800) 532-6878 or (973) 618-2310
Website for ordering: www.AudioEdgeTranscription.com
Washington Rapid Transcription Service
320 W. Republican
Seattle, WA 98119
Website for ordering: http://www.washingtonrts.com
Ad Hoc Transcription, LLC
241 Sussex Avenue
Newton, NJ 07860
Website for ordering: http://www.adhoctranscription.com/Transcript-Order-Form.html
If a court reporter was used to record the proceeding, contact the court reporting firm to order the transcript. All financial arrangements should be made directly with the court reporting firm. Below is the contact information for the two court reporting firms utilized by the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court. Please note that all bankruptcy judges in this district currently use electronic sound recording. If a hearing was recent (2009 or later), it is unlikely that transcripts will be available from the following vendors.
For hearings held on or after July 1, 2007:
Halma-Jilek Reporting, Inc.
207 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Ordering Transcripts For hearings held prior to July 1, 2007: (Court Reporter ONLY)
Eastwood Stein Deposition Management
Please contact the Bankruptcy Court directly
for assistance with obtaining transcripts for
hearings held prior to July 1, 2007. The
number for the Clerk’s Office is