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California Supreme Court initiates investigation of court reporter fees in response to Horvitz & Levy petition.

February 23, 2010

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Horvitz & Levy filed a petition for review to the California Supreme Court in Gomez v. City of San Diego, drawing  the court’s attention to the fact that court reporters in California routinely overcharge for the preparation of transcripts, in violation of statutes and rules that strictly limit the rates for appellate transcripts. In this particular case, the City of San Diego was charged over three times the statutory rate. 

The California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Association of Southern California Defense Council, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the public-interest law firm Public Counsel all wrote letters in support of the petition for review.  The petition was also featured in the Recorder (San Diego Takes Aim at Transcript Costs, Nov. 19, 2009, subscription required) and in the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal (The High Price of Court Reporters, Dec. 18, 2009.) 

On February 18, 2010, the California Supreme Court denied the petition but announced that it was referring the matter to the California Judicial Council to investigate the matter and consider a possible change to the California Rules of Court.

A copy of the petition is attached.