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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 06-2306



Consolidated Rules of Court; No. 53 Miscellaneous 2006

[36 Pa.B. 7128]
[Saturday, November 25, 2006]

Adopting Order

   Now, this 31st day of October, 2006, it is hereby Ordered:

   1.  The following designated Somerset County Rule of Judicial Administration 5000.4 (Som.R.J.A. 5000.4) Court Reporters is amended to read in its entirety, as reflected in revised Som.R.J.A. 5000.4, and is hereby adopted as a Rule of this Court, effective thirty (30) days after publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin:

   2.  The Somerset County Court Administrator is directed to:

   A.  File seven (7) certified copies of this Order and the Rule with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

   B.  Distribute two (2) certified copies of this Order and the Rule, along with a diskette or CD, to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   C.  File one (1) certified copy of this Order and the Rule with the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee.

   D.  File proof of compliance with this Order in the docket for this Rule, which shall include a copy of each transmittal letter.

By the Court

President Judge

Rules of Court

Court Reporters

Som. R.J. A. 5000.4

   A.  An official Court reporter (hereinafter called reporter) shall be present at every session of Court, whether regularly scheduled or specially summoned, whenever or wherever held, as may be assigned by the Court.

   B.  The assigned reporter shall cause a record to be made of all proceedings in the matter before the Court, including voir dire and arguments of counsel in all cases, stenographically, or by other means if directed by the Court.

   Note:  See Commonwealth v. Stewart, 218 Pa. Superior 38.

   C.  In order to assure that proper coverage is provided when one of the Official Court Reporters cannot be present or a fourth judge is assigned, the following assignment rule will be applied. In the event that more judges are assigned than Official Reporters are available or one of the Official Court Reporters is unavailable because of vacation or illness, a per diem reporter shall be engaged by the Court Administrator. In the event that one of the Official Court Reporters becomes available no less than 24 hours before the beginning of the workday for which the per diem reporter has been engaged, the Official Court Reporter shall be assigned to perform the work and the per diem reporter shall be cancelled. When a per diem reporter is engaged, the Court Administrator shall arrange the assignments of all of the reporters to assure that assignments which will require preparation of numerous orders and transcripts will be given to the Official Court Reporters to avoid delay in processing of orders and transcripts.

   D.  In order to assure that transcripts and orders entered on the record are processed promptly and properly, these procedures are to be followed by the Official Court Reporters and any per diem reporter employed by the court:

   1.  All orders dictated in court are to be prepared as separate orders and not only as part of the transcript.

   2.  All orders and transcripts must be prepared and delivered to chambers within five (5) business days of the hearing or argument.

   3.  Per diem reporters are expected to familiarize themselves with the form and content of transcripts, orders and sentences prepared by our Official Court Reporters and to adhere to those standards.

   4.  Per diem reporters are expected to familiarize themselves with procedures for copying and distributing transcripts and orders and to assure that those procedures are implemented to assure the prompt delivery of documents to the proper recipient. In particular, per diem reporters are to assure that copies of orders which direct rescheduling of a proceeding are distributed to all appropriate recipients, including the Court Administrator.

   5.  Per diem reporters are required to leave with the Court Administrator's office or an Official Court Reporter a rough ASCII disk of the entire proceedings reported by the per diem reporter, and all original exhibits from the proceedings reported. Copies of exhibits will be supplied to the per diem reporter to aid in preparation of a transcript if requested.

   6.  If anything occurs which would affect the ability of any reporter to adhere to these procedures, the Court Administrator must be notified promptly.

   7.  These procedures may not be waived or modified without the permission of the President Judge.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-2306. Filed for public inspection November 22, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]

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