Digital Audio on the CM/ECF Docket now available

Release Date: 
Fri, 12/08/2017

Enhancements to CM/ECF and related technology have made it possible to post digital audio recordings on the case docket. Effective immediately, the Court will begin posting digital audio recordings of trials and evidentiary hearings. The prompt availability of these digital audio recordings is a significant benefit to court customers in terms of cost, time and convenient access.

The digital audio of a court trial or evidentiary hearing will appear on the case docket as a PDF document with an embedded MP3 file. CM/ECF filers will receive a notice of electronic filing (NEF) with the embedded MP3 file. As with other PDF documents received via NEF, electronic filers will receive one free “listen,” which expires after 14 days. Audio recordings are also available through PACER for a fee of $2.40 per audio file. Digital audio will generally be available on the docket one business day after the hearing. Additional technical information and step-by-step instructions for downloading and listening to an audio recording are linked below.

The digital audio recordings are available through PACER for the convenience of the parties. Note that the official record of any court hearing remains the written transcript prepared by a court-approved transcriptionist.  Instructions for obtaining an official written transcript are located on the court’s website:  http://www.wawb.uscourts.gov/order-transcript.

The court welcomes your comments and feedback as we implement this new service. Individual judges retain discretion as to which matters are posted on the docket. In the future, the Court may expand this service to include additional types of hearings.

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:

  • The Court recommends customers set their PDF docs to open in Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, not within Firefox, IE, Safari or Chrome browsers.
  • Customers that view PDF docs within their browser may not be able to see the attached .MP3 audio file and may receive error messages.
  • It may take several minutes for audio to download after it's been selected from the ECF Docket -- The longer the hearing, the bigger the file, the longer it will take to download. Please be patient.
  • If you cannot hear audio when played, make sure the audio player is not muted or turned down too low.
  • If your media player freezes or stops while playing audio, consider using another.  The court can confirm that the Windows Media Player works well with audio on the docket.
  • If you continue to have difficulty downloading or playing audio, please send email to: curtis_udy@wawb.uscourts.gov