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Attorney Newsletter July 2018

July 13, 2018

TRANSCRIPTS: The Judicial Conference of the United States Courts recently approved a new
three-day transcript delivery category defined as “a transcript to be delivered within three (3)
calendar days after receipt of an order.” The rate is $5.45 per page for the 3-day transcript
compared to $3.65 per page for an ordinary 30-day transcript. The District of South Dakota has
adopted this new transcript delivery category and fee rate. See attached Standing Order 18-02.

The Judicial Conference also approved language clarifying the definitions of daily, hourly, and
Realtime transcripts. The new language removes references to “adjournment” and “unusual
circumstances” for tolling delivery time. The definitions for all transcript categories and
associated rates are based on when a transcript is ordered from the court reporter and not when
the underlying proceeding ended. A complete list of transcript categories and the associated fee
schedule is attached to Standing Order 18-02.

ALERT FOR MacOS USERS: Safari is the default internet browser for Apple products,
including Apple Macintosh (Mac) computers. With the intent of making it more secure, the
latest version of Mac’s operating system (MacOS X 10.x) was designed to block plugins such as
Adobe PDF reader, Flash, and Java in Safari. Because these plugins are necessary to run
CM/ECF, anyone with a Mac computer running Mac OS X 10.x may have problems running
CM/ECF from Safari. To avoid these issues, our district recommends that Mac users access
CM/ECF using the Firefox internet browser instead of the Safari internet browser. Alternately,
Mac users can learn how to enable plugins in Safari at
If you still have questions, please contact the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856 or

TIP OF THE MONTH: The Court utilizes court reporters or stenographers to transcribe court
proceedings. When a court reporter is not available, the Court utilizes For the Record (FTR)
software to digitally record court proceedings. If a court reporter is not physically present to
transcribe a court proceeding, the FTR recording constitutes the official record. When a court
reporter is present during a court proceeding, anyone addressing the Court should speak directly
into the courtroom microphones to ensure the court reporter doesn’t miss a word of what is
spoken. When a court reporter is not present in the courtroom, it is even more important for
someone addressing the Court to speak directly into the courtroom microphones. Occasionally,
court reporters are asked to prepare transcripts from FTR recordings. Court reporters can only
certify what can be heard on the digital recording. Please contact the Clerk’s Office to request a
transcript of an FTR recording. Under D.S.D. Crim. LR 57.2, FTR recordings are not released to
the parties or the public.

* see attached standing order

Friday, July 13, 2018