Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Spring 2016, Volume 22, Issue 2

The Importance of Privately Arranged Court Reporting to Making a Record for Appeal

By Orly Degani

Orly Degani is a partner with Degani & Galston LLP, an appellate law boutique. Her practice has focused on appeals in both federal and state courts for more than 20 years. She can be reached at 818-424-270-1900 or

The California Supreme Court recently granted review in a case involving a local policy of the San Diego Superior Court that "[o]fficial court reporters are not normally available in civil, family, or probate matters," and "[p]arties, including those with fee waivers, are responsible for all fees and costs related to court reporter services" that the parties arrange privately. (Jameson v. Desta (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 491, review granted and opinion superseded (2016) 197 Cal.Rptr.3d 522 (Jameson).)

In the wake of California’s financial troubles and resulting steep cuts to judicial branch funding, similar policies have been adopted by other superior courts in counties throughout the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda, Fresno, Kern, and Ventura, among others.

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