2010 California Rules of Court
Rule 8.130. Reporter’s transcript
(1) If in the notice designating the record on appeal under rule 8.121, the appellant elects to use a reporter’s transcript, in that notice the appellant must specify the date of each proceeding to be included in the transcript, and may specify portions of designated proceedings that are not to be included.
(2) If the appellant designates less than all the testimony, the notice must state the points to be raised on appeal; the appeal is then limited to those points unless, on motion, the reviewing court permits otherwise.
(3) If the appellant serves and files a notice designating a reporter’s transcript, the respondent may, within 10 days after such service, serve and file a notice in superior court designating any additional proceedings the respondent wants included in the transcript.
(4) If the appellant elects to proceed without a reporter’s transcript, the respondent cannot require that a reporter’s transcript be prepared. But the reviewing court, on its own or the respondent’s motion, may order the record augmented under rule 8.155 to prevent a miscarriage of justice. Unless the court orders otherwise, the appellant is responsible for the cost of any reporter’s transcript the court may order under this subdivision.
(5) Any notice of designation must be served on each known reporter of the designated proceedings.
(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2008; previously amended effective January 1, 2005, and January 1, 2007.)
(b) Deposit or substitute for cost of transcript
(1) With its notice of designation, a party must deposit with the superior court clerk the approximate cost of transcribing the proceedings it designates, using either:
(A) The reporter’s written estimate; or
(B) An amount calculated at $325 per fraction of the day’s proceedings that did not exceed three hours, or $650 per day or fraction that exceeded three hours.
(2) If the reporter believes the deposit is inadequate, within 15 days after the clerk mails the notice under (d)(1) the reporter may file with the clerk and mail to the designating party an estimate of the transcript’s total cost, showing the additional deposit required. The party must deposit the additional sum within 10 days after the reporter mails the estimate.
(3) Instead of a deposit, the party may substitute the reporter’s written waiver of a deposit, a copy of a Transcript Reimbursement Fund application filed under (c)(1), or a certified transcript of the designated proceedings. A reporter may waive the deposit for-and a party may submit a certified transcript of-a part of the designated proceedings, but such a waiver or transcript replaces the deposit for only that part.
(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2010; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)
(c) Transcript Reimbursement Fund application
(1) With its notice of designation, a party may serve and file a copy of its application to the Court Reporters Board for payment or reimbursement from the Transcript Reimbursement Fund under Business and Professions Code section 8030.2 et seq.
(2) If the Court Reporters Board approves the application for payment or reimbursement, the reporter’s time to prepare the transcript under (f)(1) begins when the reporter receives notice of the approval.
(3) If the Court Reporters Board denies the application for payment or reimbursement, the party’s time to deposit the reporter’s fee or substitute under (b), or to file an agreed or settled statement under rule 8.134 or 8.137, is extended until 30 days after the board mails notice of the denial.
(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007.)
(d) Superior court clerk’s duties
(1) If a party designates proceedings to be included in a reporter’s transcript and has presented the fee deposit or a substitute under (b)(3), the clerk must promptly mail the reporter notice of the designation and of the deposit or substitute. The notice must show the date it was mailed.
(2) If a party does not present the deposit or a substitute with its notice of designation, the clerk must file the notice and promptly issue a notice of default under rule 8.140.
(3) The clerk must promptly notify the reporter if a check for a deposit is dishonored or an appeal is abandoned or is dismissed before the reporter has filed the transcript.
(Subd (d) amended effective January 1, 2008; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)
(e) Contents of transcript
(1) The reporter must transcribe all designated proceedings for which a certified transcript has not been substituted under (b)(3), and must note in the transcript where any proceedings were omitted and the nature of those proceedings. The reporter must also note where any exhibit was marked for identification and where it was admitted or refused, identifying such exhibits by number or letter.
(2) If a party designates a portion of a witness’s testimony to be transcribed, the reporter must transcribe the witness’s entire testimony unless the parties stipulate otherwise.
(3) The reporter must not copy any document includable in the clerk’s transcript under rule 8.122.
(Subd (e) amended effective January 1, 2008; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)
(f) Filing the transcript; copies; payment
(1) Within 30 days after notice is received under (c)(2) or mailed under (d)(1), the reporter must prepare and certify an original of the transcript and file it in superior court. The reporter must also file one copy of the original transcript, or more than one copy if multiple appellants equally share the cost of preparing the record (see rule 8.147(a)(2)). Only the reviewing court can extend the time to prepare the reporter’s transcript (see rule 8.60).
(2) When the transcript is completed, the reporter must bill each designating party at the statutory rate and send a copy of the bill to the superior court clerk. The clerk must pay the reporter from that party’s deposited funds and refund any excess deposit or notify the party of any additional funds needed. In a multiple reporter case, the clerk must pay each reporter who certifies under penalty of perjury that his or her transcript portion is completed.
(3) If the appeal is abandoned or is dismissed before the reporter has filed the transcript, the reporter must inform the superior court clerk of the cost of the portion of the transcript that the reporter has completed. The clerk must pay that amount to the reporter from the appellant’s deposited funds and refund any excess deposit.
(4) On request, and unless the superior court orders otherwise, the reporter must provide any party with a copy of the reporter’s transcript in computer-readable format. Each computer-readable copy must comply with the format, labeling, content, and numbering requirements of Code of Civil Procedure section 271(b).
(Subd (f) amended effective July 1, 2008; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)
(g) Agreed or settled statement when proceedings cannot be transcribed
(1) If any portion of the designated proceedings cannot be transcribed, the superior court clerk must so notify the designating party by mail; the notice must show the date it was mailed. The party may then substitute an agreed or settled statement for that portion of the designated proceedings by complying with either (A) or (B):
(A) Within 10 days after the notice is mailed, the party may file in superior court, under rule 8.134, an agreed statement or a stipulation that the parties are attempting to agree on a statement. If the party files a stipulation, within 30 days thereafter the party must file the agreed statement, move to use a settled statement under rule 8.137, or proceed without such a statement; or
(B) Within 10 days after the notice is mailed, the party may move in superior court to use a settled statement. If the court grants the motion, the statement must be served, filed, and settled as rule 8.137 provides, but the order granting the motion must fix the times for doing so.
(2) If the agreed or settled statement contains all the oral proceedings, it will substitute for the reporter’s transcript; if it contains a portion of the proceedings, it will be incorporated into that transcript.
(3) This remedy supplements any other available remedies.
(Subd (g) amended effective January 1, 2007.)
Rule 8.130 amended effective January 1, 2010; repealed and adopted as rule 4 effective January 1, 2002; previously amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2005, January 1, 2008, and July 1, 2008.
Advisory Committee Comment
Under rule 8.121 an appellant may serve and file a notice designating a reporter’s transcript and the notice must identify the proceedings to be included. The wording recognizes that under rule 8.130(b)(3) the appellant, instead of depositing the reporter’s cost to transcribe the proceedings, may substitute certified transcripts of proceedings that have already been transcribed (e.g., daily transcripts) and hence need only be designated for inclusion in the transcript.
Subdivision (a). Subdivision (a)(1) requires that every notice designating a reporter’s transcript identify which proceedings are to be included, and that it do so by specifying the date or dates on which those proceedings took place; if the appellant does not want a portion of the proceedings on a given date to be included, the notice should identify that portion by means of a descriptive reference (e.g., “August 3, 2004, but not the proceedings on defendant’s motion to tax costs”).
As used in subdivision (a)(1), the phrase “oral proceedings” includes all instructions that the court gives, whether or not submitted in writing, and any instructions that counsel orally propose but the court refuses; all such instructions are included in the reporter’s transcript if designated under this rule. All instructions that counsel submit in writing, whether or not given to the jury, are lodged with the superior court clerk and are included in the clerk’s transcript if designated under rule 8.122.
Under subdivision (a), portions of depositions read in open court but not reported, or not read but lodged with the superior court clerk, are included in the clerk’s transcript if designated under rule 8.122.
Subdivision (b). To eliminate any ambiguity, subdivision (b)(3) recognizes, first, that a party may substitute a waiver or a certified transcript for part of the designated proceedings and, second, that in such event the waiver or transcript replaces the deposit for only that part.
Subdivision (c). Under subdivision (c), an application to the Court Reporters Board for payment or reimbursement of the cost of the reporter’s transcript from the Transcript Reimbursement Fund (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 8030.8) is a permissible substitute for the required deposit of the reporter’s fee (subd. (b)(3)) and thereby prevents issuance of a notice of default (subd. (d)(4)).
Business and Professions Code sections 8030.6 and 8030.8 use the term “reimbursement” to mean not only a true reimbursement, i.e., repaying a party who has previously paid the reporter out of the party’s own funds (see id., § 8030.8, subd. (d)), but also a direct payment to a reporter who has not been previously paid by the party (see id., § 8030.6, subds. (b) and (d)). Subdivision (f) recognizes this special dual meaning by consistently using the compound phrase “payment or reimbursement.”
Subdivision (d). Under subdivision (d)(1), the clerk’s notice to the reporter must show the date on which the clerk mailed the notice. This provision is intended to establish the date when the period for preparing the reporter’s transcript under subdivision (f)(1) begins to run.
Subdivision (e). Subdivision (e)(3) is not intended to relieve the reporter of the duty to report all oral proceedings, including the reading of instructions or other documents.
Subdivision (f). Subdivision (f)(1) requires the reporter to prepare and file additional copies of the record “if multiple appellants equally share the cost of preparing the record. . . .” The reason for the requirement is explained in the comment to rule 8.147(a)(2).
Implementing statutory provisions (e.g., Code Civ. Proc., § 269, subd. (c); Gov. Code, § 69954), subdivision (f)(4) requires the reporter to provide a party, on request, with a copy of the reporter’s transcript in computer-readable format. But in recognition of the fact that in some instances the reporter may be unable to provide a copy in that format, the subdivision also authorizes the reporter to apply to the superior court for relief from this requirement.