Electronic Transcripts - The Basics
Effective January 1, 2018, a new statute, an amended rule of Court, and a new First District Miscellaneous Order open the door to electronic reporters’ transcripts (RTs) in some court-appointed appeals. The statute makes the default form of RTs electronic instead of paper. (Code Civ. Pro. § 271(a).) The miscellaneous order, however, invokes an exception provided for in the statute (§ 271(a)(1)), deeming defendants in felony appeals to have requested paper copies. (Misc Order 2017-01, subd. (a).) Both the statute and the order include other exceptions, including if the court reporter or the Court does not have the capacity to comply (§ 271(a)(2)-(3)).
In sum, in First District cases, the following apply: