Clarification Regarding Expedited Court Transcripts
In response to a request for clarification of the Board's position regarding the ability of court reporters to charge expedited rates for court transcripts, the Board has reached the position that there is a difference between daily and expedited delivery of a court transcript. While Government Code section 69951 specifically speaks to "special daily transcription rates" in civil matters, the law is silent as to expedited transcription rates. Therefore, since expedited transcription rates are not defined in statute, court reporters may set their own reasonable rates. Note, however, that the court is the final arbiter of what constitutes a reasonable rate under the circumstances.