Transcript & Interpreter Fees
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama has adopted, effective October 25, 2007, the following maximum transcript rates. Transcripts ordered prior to the date of a court’s adoption of the new rates should be billed at the rates in effect at the time the order was placed.
Maximum Transcript Rates
1 A realtime "feed" is the electronic data flow from the court reporter to the computer of each person or party ordering and receiving the realtime transcription in the courtroom.
In multi-defendant cases involving CJA defendants, no more than one transcript should be purchased from the court reporter on behalf of CJA defendants. One of the appointed counsel or the clerk of court should arrange for the duplication, at commercially competitive rates, of enough copies of the transcript for each of the CJA defendants for whom a transcript has been approved. The cost of such duplication will be charged to the CJA appropriation. This policy would not preclude the furnishing of duplication services by the court reporter at the commercially competitive rate.
2010 FEES FOR CONTRACT COURT INTERPRETERS
Federal Courts’ maximum rates for contract court interpreters, effective February 1, 2010:
The half-day rate is paid for services up to and including four hours in one day; the full-day (daily) rate is paid for services in excess of four hours up to and including eight hours in one day; the overtime/hourly rates apply if the workday exceeds eight hours, not including meal periods.
* The distinction between Certified/Professionally Qualified and Language Skilled interpreters is described at the link below. In general, the only certification recognized is that certification administered under the direction of the Administrative Office of the United States Court (AOUSC), and for those languages for which a certification is available, the AOUSC maintains a listing of those qualified. If a certification is available, for example, for Spanish, then an interpreter who is not certified by the AOUSC cannot be paid the higher rates. For help in either locating a qualified interpreter for out-of-court criminal proceedings or for other case-related needs, please call the Clerk’s Office at 334.954.3600 and ask for the Interpreter Coordinator.
For additional information about Federal Court Interpreting, including qualifications, certification exams, and statutory requirements, please follow this link: