There is a difference between paying “court reporter appearance fees” and “purchasing a transcript.” Court reporter appearance fees are collectible in any civil case, which includes all matters other than criminal and juvenile matters (Government Code § 68086(a)1-3).
Court reporter appearance fees shall be due and payable from the beginning of hearing or trial. “Beginning” is defined as the moment the matter is assigned to the trial court and the judicial officer calls the action for trial or hearing.
Unless the Court orders otherwise for good cause, a half-day fee shall be charged for any matter lasting more than one hour. A full day shall be charged for any matter lasting more than four hours.
- All parties shall deposit their pro rata share of court reporter appearance fees with the clerk of the court on the beginning court day and each succeeding court day thereafter.
- Court reporter appearance fees must be deposited in the appropriate court location and division.
- For any hearing estimated to last more than one hour, each party shall deposit their pro rata share of $259.00. For any hearing estimated to last more than four hours, each party shall deposit their pro rata share of $518.00.
- If, for whatever reason (fee waiver/governmental agency), one side is not required to post fees, the other side(s) shall still be responsible for their pro rata share.
- Any delay in payment or deviation from the above procedures shall immediately be referred to the trial judge for resolution.
When purchasing a transcript from an individual court reporter, the person or party is contracting with that individual court reporter for the actual transcript of the proceedings. Transcript costs are governed by Government Code Section 69950. All arrangements for preparation, delivery and payment of transcript are between the requesting party and the individual court reporter.