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DAUPHIN COUNTY

Promulgation of Local Rules; No. 1793 S 1989

[46 Pa.B. 7531]
[Saturday, December 3, 2016]

Order

And Now, this 17th day of November 2016, Dauphin County Local Rules 115, 227.3, 1920.55-2 and 1930.2 are rescinded and Dauphin County Local Rules of Judicial Administration 4007 and 4008 are promulgated as follows:

Rule 4007. Request for Transcripts.

 (A) All requests for transcripts shall be set forth on the standardized Request for Transcript form available in all filing offices (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court and/or Domestic Relations) and at www.dauphincounty.org/government/Court-Departments/Self-Help-Center.

 (B)(1) The Request for Transcript of a court proceeding shall be filed in the appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court and/or Domestic Relations).

 (2) The requesting party (attorney or self-represented party) shall immediately provide copies of the Request for Transcript to:

 (a) The presiding judge;

 (b) The court reporter;

 (c) The Court Administrator's Office;

 (d) Opposing counsel or the opposing party if self-represented.

 (C) A request for daily, expedited, or same-day transcripts shall be filed in the appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court and/or Domestic Relations) at least ten (10) days before the scheduled proceeding. Copies of the written request shall be provided as required in paragraph (B)(2) above. In the event of an emergency, a party may request by oral motion a daily, expedited, or same-day transcript. This request will be accommodated upon approval of the trial judge and the chief court reporter.

 (D) Upon filing a Request for Transcript:

 (1) The court reporter shall immediately determine the number of copies being ordered by contacting all counsel and/or self-represented parties and provide this information to the Court Administrator's Office.

 (2) The requesting party (attorney or self-represented party) and any other part(ies) (attorney or self-represented party) other than the Commonwealth, a County or Court office or a subdivision thereof shall make a non-refundable deposit in the amount of 95% of the estimated cost of the transcript. The deposit shall be paid by cash, money order, certified check, or law firm check made payable to the County of Dauphin and delivered to the Court Administrator's Office within seven (7) calendar days from the date the parties are notified.

 (3) The court reporter shall prepare the transcript upon direction of the Court Administrator's Office.

 (4) The court reporter shall notify all ordering parties and the Court Administrator's Office upon completion of the transcript.

 (5) The court reporter shall deliver the original transcript to the appropriate filing office and distribute copies to the ordering parties upon payment of the balance owed.

Rule 4008. Transcript Costs Payable by a Requesting Party Other than the Commonwealth or a Subdivision Thereof.

 (A) Costs:

 (1) Electronic Format Costs:

 (a) The costs payable by a requesting party, other than the Commonwealth, a County or Court office or a subdivision thereof, for a transcript in an electronic format shall be as follows:

 (1) Rough, unedited draft, $1.00 per page.

 (2) Secure electronic feed which instantaneously delivers the translated unedited notes from the court reporter in the courtroom proceeding to an electronic device via Wi-Fi to the parties, $1.00 per page.

 (3) Ordinary transcript, $2.50 per page;

 (4) Expedited transcript, $3.50 per page;

 (5) Daily transcript, $4.50 per page;

 (6) Same day delivery, $6.50 per page;

 (2) Complex Trial Surcharge:

 A surcharge in cases such as mass tort, medical malpractice, or other unusually complex litigation where there is a need for the court reporter to significantly expand their dictionary, when permitted by the judge, $1.00 per page.

 (3) Paper Cost Surcharge:

 When the transcript is prepared in bound paper format, the costs shall be in accordance with paragraph (1) relating to electronic format plus a surcharge of $0.25 per page.

 (B) Economic Hardship—Petition to Waive Costs

 (1) A Petition to Waive all or a Portion of the Transcript Costs shall be filed in the appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court and/or Domestic Relations) along with the following:

 (a) Request for Transcript; and

 (b) Poverty Affidavit.

 (2) Copies of the forms listed above shall be provided to:

 (a) The presiding judge;

 (b) The court reporter;

 (c) The Court Administrator's Office;

 (d) Opposing counsel or the opposing party if self-represented.

 Forms are available in the Self Help Center and posted at www.dauphincounty.org/government/Court-Departments/Self-Help-Center.

 (C) Allocation of Costs among Several Ordering Parties:

 When more than one party orders the transcript, the transcript cost plus $0.75 per page paper format and/or $0.50 per page electronic copy shall be divided equally among the ordering parties.

 (D) Copies of Transcripts

 A request for a copy of any transcript previously ordered, transcribed, and filed of record shall be made by letter or email to the Court Administrator's Office and provided according to the following fee schedule:

 (1) $0.75 per page paper format;

 (2) $0.50 per page electronic copy.

 The rules shall be effective on January 1, 2017.

By the Court

RICHARD A. LEWIS, 
President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-2071. Filed for public inspection December 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]



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