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Transcript Information

"Upon the request of any party to any proceeding which has been so recorded who has agreed to pay the fee therefore, 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 Western District of Michigan Bankruptcy Court employs two methods of recording proceedings: court reporters and electronic sound recording. Below are instructions for obtaining transcripts.

You will need to complete the Transcript Request Form - Fillable and e-mail it to whoever recorded the proceeding--either Gail Beach (Certified Court Reporter) or the Court (digital court recordings).  Please Note:  Pursuant to BR 8006, if you are requesting a transcript for purposes of appeal, you must also file the request for transcript on the court's electronic case docket.

If at any time you have questions concerning obtaining a transcript, or are unsure of who the court reporter was, please contact the Clerk's Office at (616) 456-2693.

Court Reporter - Gail Beach
If Gail Beach was the court reporter used to record the proceeding, complete the Transcript Request Form below and e-mail it to her at the below address. All financial arrangements should be made directly with Gail Beach. Below is the contact information for Gail Beach:
Telephone: (616) 813-5510

Electronic Sound Recording
If electronic sound recording was used to record the proceeding, complete and email a Transcript Request Form to order the transcript. Upon the receipt of the order, the transcription service used by the court will contact you to make financial arrangements.
Telephone: (616) 456-2693.

Realtime Transcripts: At it's September, 2011 session, the Judicial Conference amended the maximum realtime transcript rate policy to eliminate the requirement that a litigant who orders realtime services be required to purchase a certified transcript of the same pages. (Litigants may order a certified transcript, but they are not required to do so) This new policy goes into effect January 1, 2012


Transcript Request Form - Fillable
Maximum Transcript Rates (As approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States)
Administrative Order 2008-03 Re: Policy-Transcripts of Court Proceedings