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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-2064



Local Rules of Judicial Administration; Administrative Doc. No. 90047 of 2003, A. D.

[33 Pa.B. 5295]

Order of Court

September 26, 2003

   Upon the recommendation of the Lawrence County Civil Procedural Rules Committee, the Court adopts the following Local Rules of Judicial Administration, which follow and are made a part hereof:

   1.  L5000.5 entitled Requests for Transcripts;

   2.  L5000.6 entitled Deposit of Partial Transcript Fee;

   3.  L5000.9 entitled Deadline for Delivery of Transcript;

   4.  L5000.11 entitled Delivery of Transcript; Payment of Balance; and

   5.  L5000.13 entitled Ownership of Notes; Safeguarding; Protection.

   These Rules shall become effective 30 days after the date of publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   The Prothonotary shall process this Order in compliance with Pa.R.J.A. 103(c), and provide the appropriate number of certified copies to the various departments and agencies as provided in the Rule. The Rules shall be kept continuously available for public inspection and copying in the office of the Prothonotary and, upon request and payment of reasonable cost of reproduction and mailing, the Prothonotary shall furnish to any person a copy of the proposed Rule.

By the Court

President Judge

Rule L5000.5  Requests for Transcripts

   No transcript shall be commenced or completed unless it is requested in writing in strict compliance to Pa.R.J.A. 5000.5. The request shall specifically designate the notes of testimony to be transcribed. Where necessary, an order of court granting the request shall accompany the request in filing and service.

Rule L5000.6  Deposit of Partial Transcript Fee

   Except where the Commonwealth or a sub-division is liable for the cost, the party ordering the transcript shall be required to deposit one-half of the estimated fee for the transcript with the responsible court reporter as a condition precedent to starting transcription.

Rule L5000.9  Deadline for Delivery of Transcript

   In cases not involving a transcript required for a pretrial proceeding or for a trial, all ordered transcripts shall be completed within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the President Judge. The District Court Administrator shall be responsible for monitoring the activities of the court reporter to assure compliance with this Rule and Pa.R.J.A. 5000.9.

Rule L5000.11  Delivery of Transcript; Payment of Balance

   (a)  Upon completion of the transcript, the court reporter shall notify the party requesting the transcript within two (2) days of its completion.

   (b)  Once the party ordering the transcript is notified of the transcript's completion, the party shall pay the balance due and owing within seven (7) days of the notice of completion, except where the Commonwealth or a sub-division thereof is liable for the fee.

   (c)  Failure of the party to pay the fee in full within seven (7) days of receiving notice shall result in a rule being issued to show cause why the party failing to timely pay should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with this Local Rule of Judicial Administration, which shall be incorporated by reference in all orders of court directing that a transcript be prepared under Rule L5000.5.

Rule L5000.13  Ownership of Notes; Safeguarding; Protection

   Transcripts prepared by a court reporter, after being filed of record, shall not be duplicated in any manner or for any purpose except in accordance with these Rules and Pa.R.J.A. 5000.1 through 5000.13 or upon special order of court. This Rule shall not apply to cases on appeal, where the record needs to be reproduced to comply with Chapter 21 of the Rules of Appellant Procedure.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-2064. Filed for public inspection October 24, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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