"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. 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.
Court Reporter - Gail Beach
If Gail Beach was the court reporter used to record the proceeding, complete a Transcript Request Form (fillable) and e-mail to her. All financial arrangements should be made directly with Gail Beach (telephone: (616) 813-5510).
Electronic Sound Recording
If electronic sound recording was used to record the proceeding, complete a Transcript Request Form (fillable) to order the transcript. . Parties with an ECF account should electronically file the request form through CM/ECF on the related case docket using the event ‘Request for Transcript’. Parties without an ECF account may either hand-deliver, mail or e-mail the form to the Court. Upon the receipt of the order, the transcription service used by the court will contact you to make financial arrangements.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the length of the hearing for which you are requesting a transcript an expedited transcript may not be available. Please communicate with either Gail Beach or the transcription company that contacts you for up to date information on the rates and availability of expedited transcripts.
If at any time you have questions concerning obtaining a transcript, please contact the Clerk's Office at (616) 456-2693.