Local Rules of Court


RULE 19 - Record of Proceedings

(A) All traffic, criminal and civil proceedings, shall be recorded. Unless otherwise noted, the proceedings will be recorded by digital or other electronic audio recording means. Upon prior notice and order of court, a party in any case may have a court reporter present to record the proceedings. No fees for court reporters will be taxed as cost or otherwise paid by anyone other than the party providing the court reporter, unless that party makes a timely motion prior to trial or hearing for the appointment of an official court reporter and requests in advance that the fees be taxed as costs. See Civil Rule 54(D) and R.C. 1901.33.

(B) The court shall maintain exclusive custody and control of the electronic recording of proceedings. The court will maintain all recordings for any period required by law. At the expiration of this period the recordings may be disposed of at the discretion of the court except in the instance of an appeal in which event the subject recording will be retained while the appeal is pending.

(C) A party may obtain a full or partial transcript from a recording by either arranging for the presence and payment of a court reporter to prepare the transcript or purchasing a copy of the recording from the court on an audio disc.

(D) Unless otherwise ordered, the audio recording shall be the official record of court proceedings. If a party seeks to obtain a transcript of the proceedings for appeal or use in other court proceedings, a motion shall be filed with the court for appointment of a court reporter to make a written transcription of the audio recording. Any transcript prepared other than by an official court reporter appointed by the court shall not be considered as an official transcript of the record of proceedings. The costs of the transcript shall be paid by the party requesting the transcript directly to the court reporter. In the case of an appeal, the expense of the preparation of the transcript may be taxed as costs and assessed against the losing party on appeal.