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Pilot project to use transcript-preparing companies, cut filing time

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Two companies will be hired to transcribe court records on an expedited schedule in a pilot program in selected courts, according to a Supreme Court order.   

Transcripts will be required to be filed within 30 days of a notice of appeal under the pilot, which will collect 20 cases for expedited transcript preparation, four each from courts in Hamilton, Lake, Madison, Tippecanoe and Vanderburgh counties.

An equal number of transcripts will be prepared by two companies named in the order, AVTRANZ, based in Phoenix, and New Jersey-based eScribers. The order spells out the procedure for how judges or court administrators in those counties may identify the cases. Cases selected for participation in the pilot will require service to the parties.

The pilot joins another pilot initiated in August in which video cameras and recording equipment were installed in three Indiana courtrooms where the audio/video record will form the official court transcript on appeal in a total of 45 cases.

According to the Supreme Court order on using professional transcription experts on appeal, appellant briefs will be filed no later than 45 days after notice of completion of transcript. Appellees then will have a like time to file responses.

The pilot program will run through at least through 2013, according to the order.
 

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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

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  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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