Jessica Matula wrote:I was wondering if other officials charge expedited fees to the court for producing a transcript within two hours(or any expedited amount of time)during a trial for the jury?
Jessica, I posted your question to the board. I am sure we will have an answer for you soon! Thank you for your patience!
Here is one response from Jean Ann.
I have never been required to produce a transcript for a jury on an expedited basis; I am routinely requested to read back but never to produce a transcript. I have on occasion been asked to produce a short portion of a trial; i.e., an argument by counsel over an objection and the testimony that went with it, but in my situation, I have produced it for my judge only and it's usually marked as a 'rough draft" for her eyes only and then I do not charge.
However, if the judge orders an official transcript be produced in that expedited time frame, then, yes, the court should be charged for it. Most importantly, though, is to make sure the judge knows, of course, of the expense of the transcript and the option to just read back.
Hope this helps.
Here is another response from Karen Carmody.:
Yes. However, if I recall correctly we cannot talk prices.
Jessica Matula wrote:I don't want to discuss prices, just wanted to know if charging expedited for that services was common practice?
This message is from Candy Karr:
I do not charge expedited rates to the court for anything. That's just my practice. I view it as a service I can provide that makes me "look good" as a realtime reporter :)
Jessica, I threw out your follow-up question. I am sure you will have more responses. Thank you for your patience! :)
Paul Brandell wrote this morning...
Believe it or not, my Judge has never asked me to expedite a transcript during trial, so I have no personal experience. However, I do know of other officials who have been requested to prepare trial transcripts on an expedited basis and they do charge expedited rates.
Sharon Sweet wrote:
Here in Kent County, we are allowed to charge expedited if a jury needs testimony during a trial (for some reason our judges prefer NOT to go back into court and listen to us read back). Our rates for expedited were worked out and set by the county a few years back. "Expedited" covers anything from minutes to overnight, to within 5 days (when the judge wants something transcribed for his own use). Same rate. Won't make any of us rich, if you get my drift...
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