LRAP 9.2(a) VERBATIM REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS DESIGNATION OF COURT-APPROVED TRANSCRIBERS Audio systems are used by Mason County Superior Court to record all proceedings. The Judges of Mason County Superior Court hereby adopt RAP 9.2(a), as amended, as a local court rule to require that only a court-approved transcriber is authorized to prepare transcripts from audio-recorded proceedings. 1. Primary Court-Approved Transcribers: Primary court-approved transcribers are employees of Mason County Superior Court. The following has been adopted concerning designation of primary court- approved transcribers: (a) Primary court-approved transcribers are subject to qualifications set out in job descriptions adopted by Mason County. (b) Transcripts prepared by employees of Mason County Superior Court during regular business hours will be billed either to the party or the appellate court (if the transcript is being prepared under an Order of Indigency) and the county retains the income. (c) Primary court-approved transcribers must charge rates that are no more than the prevailing rates charged in the county. For a criminal indigent appeal, primary court-approved transcribers will receive the same rate as other transcribers and court reporters and that rate is set by the Supreme Court. (d) Superior Court is responsible for assigning backup court-approved transcribers to assist with preparation of transcripts when required. 2. Backup Court-Approved Transcribers: Backup court-approved transcribers are required from time-to-time to assist the primary court-approved transcribers with preparation of transcripts. The following procedures have been adopted for selecting backup court- approved transcribers: (a) Application forms will be available for all applicants interested in being designated as backup court-approved transcribers. The purpose of the application is to screen interested persons to ensure that only those with appropriate experience receive the court- approved designation. Applications will be evaluated to determine which applicants can be designated. At a minimum, all applicants must have experience in typing legal documents and in transcribing material. (b) Applications should ask applicants what their fees are for ordinary and expedited transcription. The court is responsible for determining if these rates are within the standard range charged in the county for similar work. A backup court-approved transcriber must charge rates that are no more than the prevailing rates charged in the county. For a criminal indigent appeal, the backup court- approved transcriber will receive the same rate as other transcribers and court reporters and that rate is set by the Supreme Court. (c) Transcripts prepared by backup court-approved transcribers will be billed either to the party or the appellate court (if the transcript is being prepared under an Order of Indigency) and that individual will retain the income. (d) On a yearly basis, backup court-approved transcribers will be required to submit a completed transcript for verification by a primary court-approved transcriber. 3. Compliance with Rules of Appellate Procedure: All primary and backup court-approved transcribers must agree to comply with all Rules of Appellate Procedure which include, but are not limited to, the following: RAP 9.2, RAP 9.5(a), RAP 9.5(b), and RAP 15.4. Revised 9-1-07
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