Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Randall v. Mousseau (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 24, 2016)

Now that many (if not most) trial courts no longer provide a court reporter, it's gotten tougher to prepare and transmit the record to the Court of Appeal -- something that's a prerequisite to success on appeal.  You can't just simply order the transcript, like you used to be able to do.  You either have to provide a court reporter of your own (in advance) or agree upon a settled statement.

Justice Zelon's opinion today gives a primer on how to go through the process of getting a settled statement.  It's spot on, incredibly concise (seven pages), and incredibly useful.

You should read it.  (Or, at a minimum, read it the next time you decide to appeal and need to prepare a settled statement.)

Super helpful opinion.