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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-1168


Title 255--LOCAL


Rule of Judicial Administration 507; No. 739 of 2003

[33 Pa.B. 2857]


   And Now, this 3rd day of April, 2003, it is hereby ordered that Fayette County Rule of Civil Procedure 210.2 and Fayette County Rule of Criminal Procedure 101 be rescinded and pursuant to Rule 103 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration the above-stated Local Rule be adopted as follows.

   The Prothonotary is directed to file ten certified copies of the Order and Local Rule with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

   This rule shall not be valid for any purpose until filed in the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

By the Court

President Judge

Rule 507.  Retention and Disposition of Court Reporter Notes

   a.  Raw Notes of Testimony

   (1)  Raw notes of testimony are those on paper tapes and/or other media in the original state which they existed when taken at the time of testimony.

   (2)  Once transcribed, raw notes of testimony may be destroyed 60 days after the filing of the transcript.

   (3)  Raw notes of testimony that have not been transcribed may be destroyed seven years from the date of testimony.

   (4)  Notwithstanding the above provisions, a party may petition on good cause shown for a court order directing that particular raw notes of testimony be retained for a longer period of time than otherwise required.

   b.  Transcribed Notes of Testimony

   (1)  Transcribed notes of testimony filed with the Prothonotary, Clerk of the Orphans' Court, or Clerk of Courts are subject to the retention periods set forth in the County Records Manual under those offices, and need not be retained by the Judicial District, court reporter or Court.

   (2)  Transcribed notes of testimony filed in juvenile matters shall be retained by the appropriate office until the subject reaches the age of 25, or, 10 years after the last action in the case, whichever is later.

   c.  Record Retention Disposal Log

   (1)  Disposal of raw notes of testimony shall be accomplished as provided in Section 2.3 of the Record Retention & Disposition Schedule promulgated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania/Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

   (2)  When completing Disposal Log Forms, the raw notes need not be listed on the Records Disposal Log by caption and case number, but may be listed merely by the hearing date.

   Comment: This Rule is derived from the Record Retention & Disposition Schedule referred to above.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-1168. Filed for public inspection June 20, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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