When parties request audio recordings of court proceedings, the information is provided on a compact disc (CD). The Judicial Conference has set the cost of each CD at $31.00.
Audio CDs may be ordered in one of three formats:
- FTR Gold - This format must be played using TheRecord Player™ available as a free download from, www.fortherecord.com. Audio in this format allows the user to navigate through the recording using time references from the actual hearing. One day’s hearings will fit onto one CD in this format.
- Windows Audio - This format plays on standard PC media players installed on most computers. One day's hearings will fit onto one CD in this format.
- MP3 - This format is the most versatile. It will play on many CD-R and CD-RW compatible players. Select this option if the audio will be played in a vehicle or on a personal CD player (most newer portable players are MP3 compatible). This format also plays on standard PC media players installed on most computers. One day's hearings will fit onto one CD in this format. NOTE: MP3 is the only audio format that is compatible with Apple/Macintosh (“Mac”) computers.
The Central District converted to digital recording in 2004. Orders for audio recordings of court proceedings held prior to 2004 will be provided in a cassette tape format. The cost of each cassette tape is also set at $30.00.
Questions regarding audio recordings may be directed to the Court's Call Center at (855) 460-9641.