The Judicial Conference of the United States has voted to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through the PACER system. Transcripts will be available for the same $0.08/page rate as other documents, but there’s a catch: they won’t be available on PACER until 90 days after they have been delivered to the clerk. Until then, you’ll have to view the transcript at the clerk’s office or order a copy from the reporter.
The press release doesn’t say when this policy goes into effect. Nor does it say whether the transcripts will be in scanned PDF format like other documents or will instead be text-searchable files. In my mind, there’s really no excuse for not offering text-searchable downloads.