I want to read a particular trial transcript from Jones v. Desantis, which was a recent case concerning the re-enfranchisement of Florida felons.

PACER link

I have a PACER account and I think I've located the document I want. (ECF #402). The docket report says:

Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER. … Release of Transcript Restriction set for 8/6/2020.

When I clicked through last month to download the transcript, I got a page with the same message.

But it's now 8/18 and I still get the same page with the same message.

Why isn't the transcript available? Can I do anything about this? Did the clerk drop the ball, or am I just waiting for the released document to make its way into PACER?

  • I... don't think this is a question of law per see, but... close enough about obtaining the court documents, which is fine.
    – Trish
    Aug 18 '20 at 15:20
  • I agree it's not a question of law, and I'll understand if readers want to close it as off-topic. But it is a question that the site's membership is qualified to answer, and I don't know where would be a better place to ask. (If anyone has a suggestion, I'll be grateful to hear it.) Aug 18 '20 at 15:42
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    It's clearly on topic, because it is about the administrative side of Courts. I meant it as a deterrent to "off topic" votes.
    – Trish
    Aug 18 '20 at 15:47
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    I'm no expert here, but I think your theory that a clerk dropped the ball is probably the right one. Try calling the filing clerk for the case?
    – mlissner
    Aug 18 '20 at 16:09
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    The message in PACER includes the name and phone number of the court reporter; I called the number and got the reporter's email address. I've sent email and will see what happens next. Aug 18 '20 at 20:17

I contacted the court reporter. She did not know why the transcript was unavailable or when it would become available. But although her price for transcripts was usually much (9×) higher, she offered to send me a copy if I paid her what PACER would have charged, had it been available there.

I waited a few weeks to see if the transcript would appear. When it did not, rather than spend time pursuing the court clerk (which I didn't know how to do anyway) I paid the reporter for the transcript.

  • At times, the people that need to maintain PACER might be overwhelmed. Good that you found a way that worked.
    – Trish
    Sep 10 '20 at 13:57

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