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Realtime Transcript FAQ

 
 

WHAT IS REALTIME TRANSCRIPT?

Realtime transcript is an unedited draft transcript that can be sent by the certified realtime reporter (CRR) electronically during the proceedings or given immediately following adjournment. It is not intended to be used in subsequent proceedings for impeachment or for any other purpose, including distribution. The realtime unedited transcript may contain errors, some of which could change the accuracy or meaning of the testimony.

WHAT IS A CRR?

A CRR is a Certified Realtime Reporter. In order to attain the credential, a court reporter must pass a qualifying exam given by either the National Court Reporters Association or the United States Court Reporters Association, certifying that they are proficient in realtime court reporting.

WHAT ARE THE REALTIME FEES?

A CRR may charge the following fees for a realtime transcript:

One feed, the ordering party pays $3.05 per page;
Two to four feeds, each party receiving a feed pays $2.10 per page; or
Five or more feeds, each party receiving a feed pays $1.50 per page.

IF ONE PARTY ORDERS REALTIME, DOES THE OTHER PARTY HAVE TO PAY THE SAME RATE TO OBTAIN IT?

All parties to the case who receive a realtime feed pay the same amount for the services that are received. The fee is based on the number of feeds. See WHAT ARE THE REALTIME FEES?

HOW DO I ORDER REALTIME TRANSCRIPT?

Before the trial begins in a case, the party or their attorney should submit a Non-Appeal Transcipt Order form to the Court Reporting Department in the courthouse where the trial is to be held within the district. This will give the reporter time to prepare for the case. A Non-Appeal Transcript Order Form may be obtained here.

DO I NEED ANY EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE TO READ THE REALTIME TRANSCRIPT?

Yes. In order to receive an electronic realtime feed while in the courtroom, each requesting party will need to provide a computer, and any one of several receive programs, to be able to receive the realtime feed. 

CAN A REPORTER WHO IS NOT REALTIME CERTIFIED WRITE REALTIME FOR MY CASE?

While it is possible, all reporters working for the Northern District of Ohio are realtime certified.

MAY I USE THE UNCERTIFIED TRANSCRIPT FOR CROSS-EXAMINATION OR TO IMPEACH A WITNESS?

Lawyers for the parties may not quote from the realtime transcript under any circumstances. The realtime transcript has many uses, however, including preparing for the next day of trial, preparing expert witnesses, and reminding witnesses about previous testimony they have given, without directly quoting from the transcript. No unedited realtime transcript can be filed or quoted.