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.
NOTE: Audio requests provided on compact discs (CDs) may be purchased from the court in lieu of a transcript for personal use only and are not the official record. The official record of court proceedings can only be obtained in the form of a transcript through a court-approved Transcription Service Provider from materials provided to that transcriber by the court (see Court Manual, section 1.14, Audio Recordings of Court Proceedings Ordering Information and section 1.15, Transcript Ordering Instructions at http://www.cacb.uscourts.gov/court-manual). A Transcript Order Form may be obtained at http://www.cacb.uscourts.gov/transcripts.
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.