IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET
NOW, this 25th day of May, 2018, it is
Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution
of Pennsylvania that Rules 4001, 4002, 4004, 4007, 4008, 4012
and 4014 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration
are amended in the attached form.
Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No.
103(b), and shall be effective July 1, 2018.
to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined. Deletions
from the rule are shown in bold and in brackets.
RULES GOVERNING COURT REPORTING AND TRANSCRIPTS
4001. Scope of Rules and Policy
(A) These rules shall govern the making, preserving and
transcribing of the record of proceedings in the judicial
districts within the Unified Judicial System.
(B) Because complete and verbatim notes of testimony and
transcripts are integral to the official record of court
proceedings, it is the policy of the Unified Judicial System
to ensure that (1) qualified court reporting services are
available in each judicial district and that court reporters
are fairly compensated, (2) transcripts are timely produced
and are affordable to all parties [litigants], and
(3) efficient technologies are employed to reduce litigation
costs and conserve public resources.
Comment: These rules are promulgated pursuant to the
administrative and supervisory authority granted to the
Supreme Court by Article V, § 10 of the Pennsylvania
Constitution. See also 42 Pa.C.S.A.
to Order No. 466 Judicial Administration Docket (August 12,
2016), Pa.R.J.A. Nos. 4001-4016 shall become effective in the
First Judicial District and the Fifth Judicial District on
July 1, 2017. For the period from January 1, 2017 through
July 1, 2017, the First Judicial District and Fifth Judicial
District shall be governed by Pa.R.J.A. Nos. 5000.1-5000.13,
which are rescinded as to all other judicial districts as of
January 1, 2017.
transcript means a miniaturized copy of the original
transcript printed in such a way as to place more than one
page of transcript on a single sheet of paper.
Administrator means the Court Administrator of
recorder means an individual employed, contracted or
utilized by a court to record testimony by electronic means
(audio or audio-visual).
reporter means an individual employed, contracted or
utilized by a court to record testimony whether through use
of a stenotype machine, stenomask equipment, written symbols,
reporter's dictionary is a computer file that
matches a court reporter's steno strokes with English
text. A court reporter's [personal]
dictionary is an essential part of a computer aided
transcription (CAT) system.
Court reporting personnel includes court reporters,
court recorders, transcriptionists and any others
[personnel] whether employed or contracted who make the court
record for use in any Pennsylvania court.
transcript means a transcript delivered within eighteen
(18) hours of an official request, not including weekends or
official court holidays. For the purposes of additional
payment, a transcript is a daily transcript only if it is in
fact delivered within the above time limit.
audio files are those files created by digital recording
systems and saved in a format that allows storage and
playback through computer applications.
Court Administrator means the County Court
Administrator. Electronic transcript means
a[n official] transcript delivered in an
electronic, non-paper medium.
transcript means a transcript delivered within
seventy-two (72) hours of an official request, not including
weekends or official court holidays. For the purposes of
additional payment, a transcript is an expedited transcript
only if it is in fact delivered within the above time limit.
office refers to an office without regard to title that
has the responsibility and function in each judicial district
to maintain the official dockets and case files of the court.
of testimony means the official recording of an oral
proceeding made whether through use of an electronic device,
stenomask equipment, stenotype machine, written symbols, or
otherwise; and includes the dictionary, media storage files,
and other documentation needed to prepare a transcript.
transcript means a transcript necessary for an appeal or
to otherwise advance litigation and required under a time
frame set by a Pennsylvania Rule of Court regarding the
delivery of court transcripts or by court order. An example
of a non-ordinary transcript is one requested by a [litigant]
party when no matters are open before the court or
where the transcript is ordered by a [third]
transcript means the transcript prepared and certified by the
court reporter for filing with the court.
Judge means the president judge in each judicial
district, his or her designee, or any judicial officer
recognized by the Court Administrator as having
draft transcript (computer diskette, hard paper copy, or
electronically distributed) is an unedited and uncertified
transcript that may contain untranslated or mistranslated
stenotype symbols. This also includes notes that appear on
paper, unedited electronic data, tapes or other media in the
original state in which they existed when they were taken at
the time of testimony.]
Same day delivery means transcripts delivered within
6 hours of the close of the court session, divided by morning
and afternoon with the line of demarcation being lunch or
means a certified, written, verbatim record of a proceeding.
means any person employed, contracted or utilized by a court
to prepare a transcript of a proceeding from an electronic or
other recording. A court recorder and a court reporter may
also serve as a transcriptionist.
4004. Qualifications of Court Reporters and Court
person shall be employed or utilized by a court as a court
reporter or court recorder unless approved by the president
judge or his or her designee as meeting the minimum criteria
set forth in subdivision (B)(1), (B)(2), or (C)
(1) those persons already employed or utilized by a court at
the time of the adoption of these rules or
(2) those court reporters who hold and maintain a
minimum criteria for qualification of a court reporter, for
both stenographic and voice writing, are the following:
stenographic requirements: the court reporter is capable of
recording proceedings at a 95% ...