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Supreme Court considering reducing timeframe for filing transcripts in appeals

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The Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure wants to hear from the legal community and general public on a proposed amendment that would shorten the time court reporters have to file their transcripts.

Currently, Indiana gives court reporters 90 days after the notice of appeal has been filed to submit the transcripts. Under the proposed rule change, the time a court reporter has to file the transcript with the trial court clerk or administrative agency would be reduced from 90 days to 30 days. In addition, under Appellate Rule 11(c), motions for extensions of time will be disfavored and only granted in extraordinary circumstances. The changes to Rule 11 necessitated other changes to the Appellate Rules.

The goal of the proposed changes is to reduce the time from the conclusion of a case to the issuance of an appellate decision. The standard for completion of a transcript established by the American Bar Association is 30 days and this is the same time limit used in the federal courts. Only three other states have a time limit as long as 90 days.

Details about the proposed rule changes are available on the court’s website.

The request for comment comes one day after the Supreme Court announced that state courts will adopt e-filing in 2015. The court currently is also accepting comment on e-filing.

Comments on the 30-day time limit to appeal will be accepted through June 23 and may be emailed to RulesComments@courts.in.gov or mailed to Lilia G. Judson, Executive Director, Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration, 39 S. Meridian St., Suite 500,
Indianapolis, IN 46204.

 

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