Document Redaction and Transcripts
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FILER TO ENSURE FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE REDACTION REQUIREMENTS OF THE FEDERAL RULES.
Please review Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 49.1, Local Rule 5.2-1, and Local Criminal Rule 49.1-1 for guidance.
Make sure you know whether documents you intend to file electronically contain any of the following information, and act accordingly:
- Social Security Number and taxpayer identification numbers: Use only the LAST FOUR DIGITS.
- Dates of Birth: Use only the year of birth.
- Names of Minor Children: Use only the minor's initials.
- Home Address: If a home address must be included, use only the city and state.
- Financial Account Numbers: Identify the name or type of account and the financial institution where maintained, but use only the LAST FOUR DIGITS of the account number.
- Follow any standing court order in a case with other sensitive information.
As always, exercise caution when filing documents that contain the following: driver's license numbers, medical records, employment history, individual financial information, and proprietary or trade secret information.
Refer to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 49.1, Local Rule 5.2-2, and Local Criminal Rule 49.1-2 for exemptions from the redaction requirements.
For 90 days after a transcript is filed, it will be viewable at the public terminal in the Clerk's Office Records Section. During this 90-day period, a copy of the transcript may be obtained from the court reporter or transcriber, and an attorney who obtains the transcript from the court reporter or transcriber will be given remote electronic access to the transcript through the CM/ECF system.
Within 5 business days from the date of filing of the transcript, parties may electronically file a Notice of Intent to Redact. A Request to Redact specifying page and line number of the required redaction(s) shall be filed within 21 days from the filing of the transcript. Responsibility for redacting rests solely with counsel and the parties. The Clerk will not review the transcripts for compliance. After the 90-day period has ended, the transcript will be available through PACER. If a Notice of Intent to Redact is electronically filed and the request to redact is not filed within the prescribed time period, an Order to Show Cause will be set by the Court.
- Public Notice: Availability of Transcripts
- AO Memo: Guidance for Court Reporters and Transcribers on the Electronic Availability of Transcripts in Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) and Transcript Redaction Procedures (February 22, 2008)
- AO Memo: Guidance for the Implementation of the Judicial Conference Policy to Make Transcripts of Court Proceedings Available Electronically via Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) (January 30, 2008)
- AO Memo: Revised Transcript Redaction Procedures (May 15, 2007)