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FAQs – FOR OFFICIAL REPORTERS PRO TEMPORE

The appellant will, per California Rules of Court, (CRC) rule 8.121 file a notice of designation with the Los Angeles Superior Court, LASC Civil Appeals unit, and serve you with a copy. The notice of designation should state your name and the dates of proceedings to be included in the appeal transcript. The respondent may also file a notice of designation indicating additional proceeding dates they want included in the transcript per CRC Rule 8.130(a)(3).

Upon verification that the parties have either deposited the funds for the transcript with the court, filed a Court Reporter Waiver of Deposit for Transcript on Appeal, or filed a copy of an application to the Transcript Reimbursement Fund, the LASC Civil Appeals unit will prepare and mail to your address on file a "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal" with the designation attached.

You should provide notice in writing to the parties paying for a transcript, and the LASC Civil Appeals unit located at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 North Hill Street, Room 111-A, Los Angeles, California, 90012. You may e-mail this information to the LASC Civil Appeals unit at civilappeals@lacourt.org.

If the party deposited funds with the court for the transcript, you must also complete a Payee Data Record Form and submit it to the LASC Civil Appeals unit to update your vendor address information in the court’s payment system. Without this information the court will not be able to send you payment for the transcripts.

The appellant (or any party who wants a transcript) may, on the day their notice of designation is filed, choose one of the following options:
  1. The parties may contact you directly for an estimate and pay you directly. You should complete and provide to them a Court Reporter Waiver of Deposit for Transcript on Appeal form which they must file with the court. Upon receipt, the court will send you a "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal."
  2. The parties may apply to the Court Reporters Board for payment or reimbursement from the Transcript Reimbursement Fund. If approved, the Board will notify the applicant and he or she must file notice with the court stating the sum of reimbursement paid per Business and Professions Code section 8030.6. Upon receipt, the court will send you a "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal." Upon completion of the transcript(s), you may seek reimbursement through the Court Reporters Board.
  3. The parties may contact you directly for an estimate and deposit the amount you indicate with the court, or the parties may deposit with the court an amount calculated per CRC Rule 8.130(b)(1)(B), i.e. "$325 per fraction of the day’s proceedings that did not exceed 3 hours, or $650 per day or fraction that exceeded 3 hours."

    Upon deposit with the court, the LASC Civil Appeals Unit will send you a "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal." If you believe the amount deposited is inadequate, you may, within 15 days after the court mails the "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal," file with the court and mail to the designating parties a Notice of Inadequate Funds for Preparation of Reporter’s Transcript on Appeal and indicate the additional deposit required. The party has 10 days to deposit the additional amount. If the amount is not paid, the court will send a Notice of Default to the party. The court will notify you whether the party paid so you can commence preparation of the transcript.

    Upon completion of the transcript(s), you must submit an invoice, Affidavit for Release of Funds and Request for Payment of Reporter’s Transcript on Appeal, along with the original and copies of the transcript to the Primary Reporter who must transmit all the transcripts and invoices to the court at the LASC Civil Appeals unit located at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 North Hill Street, Room 111-A, Los Angeles, California, 90012.

    After the transcripts are reviewed and have been found to comply with CRC Rule 8.144, the court will mail you a check. Any excess funds on deposit with the court will be refunded to the parties when the complete record on appeal is transmitted to the Second District Court of Appeal.

    NOTE: If the parties deposit the funds with the court, you must not send an invoice to the parties, nor accept payment from them. If you do, you must notify the court which party paid you directly and how much, so that the court can refund the money they deposited.

    If you are submitting an invoice with LASC for the first time, you must complete a Payee Data Record Form and submit it to the LASC Civil Appeals unit to be entered as a vendor in the court’s payment system which is administered by the Judicial Council of California (JCC). Without this information the court cannot pay you for your transcripts.

    After obtaining a vendor number, use that number on all subsequent invoices. When preparing an invoice, use a unique and different invoice number for each transaction. Payment will be held if two invoices bearing the same invoice number are submitted.

Prepare a "Notice of Correction re: Notice to Prepare Transcript on Appeal," and mail it to the LASC Civil Appeals unit immediately. This form is used to notify the court of errors, e.g. you were not the reporter who reported the proceedings, additional reporters were omitted, proceeding dates requested were omitted from the notice, or the actual date of the proceeding requested occurred on a different date, etc. The LASC Civil Appeals unit will mail you a corrected "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal."
Per CRC Rule 8.130(f)(2) the court reporter shall be paid the "statutory rate" for a completed transcript. The statutory rates per Government Code sections 69950 and 69954 are as follows:

TRANSCRIPT FOLIO RATE PER FOLIO
Original1 folio (100 words)$0.85
Copy purchased at the same time as original (Appellant’s copy)1 folio (100 words)$0.15
First copy to any court, party, or other person – not purchased with the original (Respondent’s copy) 1 folio (100 words)$0.20
Computer-readable copy of the transcript (if paper copy was provided to that same party) 1 folio (100 words)One-third the rate set forth for a second copy of a transcript. Plus additional fee not to exceed the cost of the medium (e.g. cost of a computer disk)
Computer-readable copy of the transcript (no paper copy provided) 1 folio (100 words)Same rate as for paper transcript. Plus additional fee not to exceed the cost of the medium (e.g. cost of a computer disk)

The original and all copies of transcripts must be filed with the LASC Civil Appeals unit " the due date indicated on the "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal." You must also file additional copies of the transcript if multiple appellants equally share the cost of preparing the record. (See CRC Rules 8.130(f) and 8.147(a)(2).)

The Primary Reporter has the responsibility of contacting all reporters, coordinating the preparation of the transcripts, preparing the cover for each volume, and filing all the transcripts with the LASC Civil Appeals unit. All non-primary reporters must submit their transcripts to the Primary Reporter at least 7 days in advance of the due date to avoid unnecessary delay. If you are to be paid from a party’s deposit with the court, the invoice (see above) should be included with the transcripts.

The Primary Reporter should sign and submit a "Notice of Receipt of Reporter’s Transcript on Appeal" with the transcripts (and all invoices if payment from a deposit is necessary), along with a self-addressed envelope. The LASC Civil Appeals unit will sign and return the original Notice of Receipt in the envelope.

The transcripts will be reviewed to ensure they comply in format with CRC Rule 8.144. If they comply, the LASC Civil Appeals unit will transmit the original transcripts along with the completed record on appeal to the Second District Court of Appeal and mail copies to the parties pursuant to CRC Rule 8.150. If they do not comply with CRC Rule 8.144, the transcripts will be returned for correction and re-submission.

Please do not send the original or any copies of the transcript directly to the parties. They must be filed with the LASC Civil Appeals unit for compliance with both CRC Rules 8.144 and 8.150. If the party deposited funds for your payment with the court, payment cannot be made until the original and all copies of the transcripts are filed and reviewed by the court.

File your request for extension of time with the Second District Court of Appeal. Per CRC Rule 8.130(f), only the reviewing court can extend the time to prepare the reporter’s transcript. (Also see CRC Rule 8.60 which governs extensions of time.)

If a transcript is overdue and the Second District Court of Appeal (DCA) has not notified the court of the granting of an extension, the LASC Civil Appeals unit will mail a Notice of Default to the Appellant for failure to procure the record of oral proceedings pursuant to CRC Rule 8.140. If the transcript, or an order for extension from DCA is not submitted within 15 calendar days from the date of the mailing of the Notice of Default, the LASC Civil Appeals unit will request DCA to dismiss the appeal. Failure to timely file an appellate transcript may subject a court reporter to Court or licensing sanctions.

Yes, provided that the certified transcript(s) comply with the format requirements stated in CRC Rule 8.144, otherwise they will be returned to the submitting party to forward to the reporter for correction. If the transcript(s) are for some of the proceeding dates only, they must be sent to the Primary Reporter for inclusion with the entire appeal transcript.
CRC Rule 8.144 determines the standard format. See the Appeal Transcript Guidelines for Court Reporters for more detailed information. In addition, CRC Rule 8.130 governs the time limits for filing, content, and method of payment. CRC Rule 8.121 governs the appellant’s responsibility to specify in the notice of designation the name of the reporter and the proceeding dates needed for the transcript.
The Primary Reporter will be designated by the court and named on the "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal." The Primary Reporter is responsible for designating the series of page numbers each reporter will use when preparing their individual transcripts, among other duties. For more information on the page numbering format and duties of Primary or non-primary reporters, see CRC Rule 8.144, and the Appeal Transcript Guidelines for Court Reporters.
If the proceedings were produced utilizing computer-aided transcription equipment, the reporter must provide a party with a copy of the transcript in computer-readable format if requested within the notice of designation. Each computer-readable copy must comply with the format, labeling, content, and numbering requirements of Code of Civil Procedure section 271(b). (See CRC Rule 8.130(f)(4))

You may receive an order from the Second District Court of Appeal, or notification from the LASC Civil Appeals unit, or a party to the appeal. (The LASC Civil Appeals unit will prepare and mail a "Notice to Reporter to Prepare Transcript on Appeal.") Review CRC Rule 8.155 for additional information regarding when and how to comply, and whether the parties may be required to pay for an additional transcript.

If the order or request for an additional (augmented) transcript is made after the record on appeal has been transmitted to the Second District Court of Appeal, the parties must make new arrangements with you for payment of the transcript. Any excess funds on deposit with the court will have been refunded when the original record on appeal was transmitted to the Second District Court of Appeal.

The LASC Civil Appeals unit will notify you if the appeal is abandoned or dismissed prior to the submission of the record on appeal to the reviewing court; otherwise, the Second District Court of Appeal will notify you. You are entitled to collect payment for any portion of transcripts you prepared prior to the notification of the abandonment or dismissal. Note: A dismissal is not final until the remittitur has been issued by the Second District Court of Appeal, usually sixty (60) days after the dismissal. If a deposit was made with the court, your invoice will be held until the remittitur has been issued.

Los Angeles Superior Court
Civil Appeals Unit
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
111 North Hill Street, Room 111-A
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Office: (213) 830-0822
FAX: (213) 626-6651
E-mail: civilappeals@lacourt.org


NOTE: For access to forms described in these FAQs, visit the links available under Court Reporter information at www.lacourt.org For specific information, questions and exemplars regarding format, please review the Appeal Transcript Guidelines for Court Reporters link on Los Angeles Superior Court's website.

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