I am attaching a link for you. It's from the 3rd Department, and you're probably located in the Second Department, but I'm sure the rules are similar. In this Pro-Se Manual, there are forms for pro se litigants to settle or stipulate to a transcript, so no, I don't agree with what the appellant is saying. I also believe they're taking advantage and asking for too much time unless they have several thousands of pages of transcripts (I just had a case with 3,000 pages of transcripts, so it does happen). I hope this is helpful. You can also call the Appellate Division's clerk's office and ask questions. If you must go pro se, then you must, but you are much better off getting an appellate attorney so that you are not failing to raise the proper arguments and so that you don't raise the wrong ones. Appellate work is very specialized and is difficult for lawyers let alone litigants. Good luck to you.
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Who said that? I don't think CPLR section 5525 says you can avoid settling the transcript if the respondent is pro se.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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