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Rule 30. Verbatim Recording of Judicial Proceedings

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of Arizona

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
IV. General Provisions
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 30
Rule 30. Verbatim Recording of Judicial Proceedings
(a) Transcripts of court proceedings; standards. A transcript is a document containing a verbatim record of the spoken words of a court proceeding prepared from either the certified reporter's notes or other verbatim record of the proceeding. Transcripts certified for use by any court shall be:
1. Prepared and certified by an authorized transcriber in accordance with the standards set forth in the Arizona Manual of Transcript Procedures. The current version of this manual is available from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
2. For purposes of this rule, an “authorized transcriber” means:
a. a certified reporter;
b. an individual or a transcription service under contract with an Arizona court; or
c. An individual employed by a court whose official duties include the preparation of transcripts.
(b) Use of Court Reporting Resources.
1. Request for certified reporter. Any party to any action in superior court may request that any proceeding in that action be recorded by a certified court reporter. The court shall grant the request if it is made at least three days prior to the proceeding to be recorded unless a different time frame has been established by local rule.
2. Making the record in the absence of a timely request for a court reporter. Except as provided in (3) below, in the absence of a timely request for a certified court reporter the record will be made in a manner within the sound discretion of the court.
3. Proceedings requiring a certified court reporter. The following proceedings shall be recorded by a certified court reporter and not solely by electronic means, unless this requirement is waived by the parties and the court approves the waiver:
a. Grand jury proceedings;
b. All proceedings in a first degree murder case, pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-1105, once the intention to seek the death penalty notice has been filed;
c. Felony jury trials;
d. Initial determinations of sexually violent person status, pursuant to A.R.S. § 36-3706;
e. Proceedings on a request for authorization of abortion without parental consent, pursuant to A.R.S. § 36-2152.
4. Official record. When an Arizona-certified court reporter records a proceeding in a superior court that is simultaneously recorded by electronic recording equipment, the court reporter's record shall be the official record. The transcript in any case certified by the reporter or other authorized transcriber shall be deemed prima facie a correct statement of the testimony taken and proceedings had. No transcripts of the proceedings of the court shall be considered as official except those made from the records certified by the reporter or other authorized transcriber.


Added Sept. 18, 2006, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 30, AZ ST S CT Rule 30
Current with amendments received through 08/15/2020.
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