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In CA Civil Appeals about the court reporter's fee...set in stone?

Newport Beach, CA |
Filed under: Litigation

In CA the fee waiver for the civil appellate court does not cover the court reporter's transcript of the proceeding. They state the cost is $325 for half a day (3 hours) and $650 for each full day.
I only need a transcript of the oral argument for my record. It is about maybe an hour total. Not that I am expecting them to do their job for free, but I am just wondering if they ever agree to accept a lower price, free would be wonderful, but a sliding scale isn't too out of the question, especially if only one hour's worth of transcribing. Would it be rude to ask and would I ask the reporter directly?

Attorney Answers 4

  1. You can ask the court reporter directly, but don't expect any deals. If you are not represented in your appeal, you most definitely should be. See a lawyer.

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  2. The reporter's fee isn't set in stone, but it would be rare for the reporter to reduce the price of the transcript. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be rude to ask the reporter directly.

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult with your own attorney.

  3. You can explain your circumstances and always ask, let them know it will be difficult for you to proceed with your appeal if they do not sell you the transcript for less, maybe they would even accept a credit card or payment plan?

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  4. The amount their requesting is a deposit. If it is one hour then they will charge you by the page. The $325 is fee for being their. The actual transcripts cost much more. An hour will probably be close to $300 anyways. If you get an estimate for the reporter then you can deposit that amount instead of the $325.

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