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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-55



Local Rules of Judicial Administration Governing Court Reporting and Transcripts; No. 3 of 2016

[47 Pa.B. 195]
[Saturday, January 14, 2017]

Administrative Order of Court

And Now, this 21st day of December, 2016, It Is Hereby Ordered that Westmoreland County Rules of Judicial Administration WJ5000.4, WJ5000.5, WJ5000.7 and WJ5000.13 are hereby rescinded and Rules WJ4007 and WJ4008 are hereby adopted.

By the Court

President Judge

Proposed Rule WJ4007. Requests for Transcripts.

 (A) In accordance with Pa.R.J.A. 4007, the party requesting a full or partial transcript of a trial or other proceeding shall file the original request with Court Administration, in office M3 of the Westmoreland County Courthouse, in the form provided at (Court Administration; Forms). The party requesting a transcript shall also serve a copy of the request upon the court reporter, the presiding judge and opposing counsel or, in the event the opposing party is not represented, the opposing party.

 (B) Upon receipt of the completed written request form, Court Administration shall obtain an estimate of the transcript cost and shall communicate the cost of the transcript to the requesting party. The requesting party shall make partial payment of seventy five percent (75%) of the estimated cost, which shall be nonrefundable. Payments shall be made at the Westmoreland County Treasurer's office. No transcripts shall be delivered to private parties until 100% of the payment cost of the transcript is received. No down payment shall be required from the Commonwealth or a subdivision of the Commonwealth.

 (C) Requests based on economic hardship.

 (1) In the event that a requester seeks reduction or waiver of transcript fee, he or she shall complete the petition requesting reduction in or waiver of transcript costs found at (Court Administration; Forms). The petition shall be submitted to the presiding judge, who shall make a determination as soon as reasonably possible and shall provide a copy of the grant or denial of application to the assigned court reporter and court administrator's office. All payment shall be made to the Westmoreland County Treasurer.

 (D) Payment.

 All checks shall be made payable to ''Westmoreland County Treasurer''.

Proposed Rule WJ4008. Transcript Costs.

 (A) Costs. Costs payable by a requesting party other than the Commonwealth or a subdivision thereof, for a transcript in an electronic format shall be as follows:

Private Pay Rates:

Ordinary$2.50 per page
Expedited$3.50 per page
Daily$4.50 per page
Same day delivery $6.50 per page

 Transcripts in bound paper format are subject to a surcharge of $0.25 per page, and copy rates apply.

 In the event a condensed transcript is delivered, the page rates above apply regardless of the number of pages of transcript on the sheet.

 (B) Economic Hardship. Reduction based on economic hardship shall be in accordance with Pa.R.J.A 4008(B).

 (C) Allocation of Costs. Allocation of costs shall be as set forth Pa.R.J.A. 4008(C).

 (D) Copies of Transcript. A request for a copy of any transcript previously ordered, transcribed and filed of record shall be provided at the rate of $0.75 per page bound, paper format; and $0.50 per page electronic copy.

 (E) Additional Costs. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 4008(E), the presiding judge may impose a reasonable surcharge in cases such as mass tort, medical malpractice or other unusually complex litigation.

 A reasonable fee for a secure electronic feed may be imposed by the court reporter.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-55. Filed for public inspection January 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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