Lawyer says court reporter must give free e-transcript

Jackie Patterson, a defense attorney in Georgia, has made a motion to require the court reporter to provide a free digital copy of a criminal trial transcript. Patterson cited new rules of the Judicial Council of Georgia that affect transcripts ordered after Jan. 1, 2015. Patterson claims that the cost of transcripts “can effectively deny defendants the right to appeal.” Clayton County State Court Judge Morris Braswell will rule on the motion on April 22.

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