Amendments to the Appellate Procedure

Appellate Procedure Amendments

Hello, Legal world!

Some of you may or may not be aware of adjustments made to amendment number SC15-765 recently made by the U.S. Supreme Court to the rule of appellate procedure 9.200. This rule mostly effects the Court Reporters; however, it will also be reflected in the trial transcripts our highly valued clients will be receiving.

The rule was amended as suggested by the FCRA known as the Florida Court Reporters association, which is the organization that creates the rules we operate under. Rule 9.200(b)(2) states: To increase clarity, the term “index,” used in the context of trial transcripts, is changed to “master trial index” and, to facilitate the assembly of the complete trial transcript, this rule is amended to designate that the trial index shall be placed at the end of the trial transcript. This means for all trial transcripts, a master index of all the previous volumes’ indices will be required at the end of the final volume.

This rule does not bar court reporters from including additional administrative items – such as daily title pages, appearance pages, indices, and reporters’ certificates within the trial transcripts as needed to efficiently and accurately compile a complete trial transcript. This amendment to the rule became effective January 5, 2016; and Orange Legal began following these new amendments as of that date as well. These amendments are providing you with another tool to easily navigate the transcripts. The master index will allow you to simply look at the end of the trial and be able to find any direct examinations, cross-examinations, specific testimonies or anything else that took place during the trial; and you can then quickly jump to that section.