(a) Assembly. The clerk of the lower court as soon as may be after the filing of the notice of appeal shall place together all the original papers including the exhibits filed in the lower court, together with such other papers as thereafter become a part of the record pursuant to Rule 8. The papers shall be numbered in the order of filing and the exhibits shall be plainly marked with the number assigned in the lower court preceded by the letters "exh.". The clerk shall append to the record a list of the documents correspondingly numbered and identified with reasonable definiteness. The record so assembled by the clerk shall be suitably spindled, bound, or tied and retained by the clerk in this form until the final disposition of the appeal, except as the record or any part of it is ordered to be transmitted by the appellate court or a single justice.

(b) Exhibits. No exhibit need be reproduced for the record, except by order of an appellate court, a single justice, or the judge of the lower court. Any counsel may reproduce any exhibit in several copies for the convenience of the court. The lower court shall make such orders as it deems necessary for the preservation of exhibits, and for the reproduction of important exhibits which the appellate court should examine, and the clerk of the lower court shall transmit any exhibit to the appellate court at the request of any party made at any time after the filing of the record appendix. A party shall make advance arrangements with the clerk of the lower court for the transmission and receipt of exhibits of unusual bulk or weight. No exhibit consisting of currency, bearer securities, firearms, narcotics, or contraband articles shall be transmitted to an appellate court unless pursuant to an order of the full appellate court or a justice thereof.

(c) Appellant's Obligation.

(1) In General. In a civil or criminal case, upon request by the clerk of the lower court, the appellant shall forthwith perform any act reasonably necessary to enable the clerk to assemble the record and the clerk shall assemble a single record. The lower court or the appellate court or a single justice thereof may require the record to be assembled and the appeal to be docketed at any time.

(2) Civil Cases. Notwithstanding any other obligation which these rules may impose, but excepting electronically recorded proceedings governed by Rule 8 (b)(3), each appellant in a civil case shall, within ten days after filing a notice of appeal, deliver to the clerk of the lower court either (i) a transcript of those portions of the transcript of the lower court proceedings which the appellant deems necessary for determination of the appeal, (ii) a signed statement certifying that the appellant has ordered such portions from the court reporter, or (iii) a signed statement certifying that the appellate has not ordered and does not intend to order the transcript or any portion thereof. Upon receiving the transcript, the appellant in a civil case shall forthwith deliver it to the clerk of the lower court.

(d) Duty of Clerk; Transmission. When the record is fully assembled, the clerk of the lower court shall notify the parties and the clerk of the appellate court and shall transmit to the appellate court two certified copies of the docket entries and, in a criminal case, the original and one copy of the transcript and a list of all the exhibits. In case of an order to transmit, transmission shall be effected when the clerk of the lower court mails or otherwise forwards the record to the clerk of the appellate court. The clerk of the lower court shall indicate, by endorsement on the face of the record or otherwise, the date upon which it is transmitted to the appellate court.

(e) Record for Preliminary Hearing in the Appellate Court. If prior to the time the record is assembled a party desires to make in the appellate court a motion for dismissal, for a stay pending appeal or for any intermediate order, the appellate court or a single justice may, on its own motion or on motion of any party, with or without notice, order the clerk of the lower court to transmit to the appellate court such parts of the original record as the appellate court or the single justice shall deem appropriate.

Amended May 15, 1979, effective July 1, 1979; amended effective May 1, 1994, June 26, 2002, effective September 3, 2002.