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Administrative Order 09-2

In order to promote timeliness in the resolution of civil and criminal cases by the appellate courts, the following time standards for the production of trial transcripts in civil and criminal cases are hereby established pursuant to the superintendence power of the Chief Justice for Administration and Management under G.L. c. 211B, § 9.

1. Civil cases, except child welfare cases

Within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the receipt of an order for a transcript, or any part of a transcript, from the appellant or the appellee, as provided in Massachusetts Rule of Appellate Procedure 8(b)(1), the court reporter shall deliver the transcript, or part thereof, to the party who ordered it or, where appropriate, to the clerk of the lower court.

2. Criminal cases

Within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the receipt of an order of a transcript, or any part of a transcript, from the clerk of the lower court, as provided in Massachusetts Rule of Appellate Procedure 8(b)(2), the court reporter shall deliver the transcript, or part thereof, to the clerk of the lower court.

3. Child welfare cases

Within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the receipt of an order of a transcript, or any part of a transcript, from the clerk of the lower court, as provided in Massachusetts Rule of Appellate Procedure 8(b)(5), the court reporter shall deliver the transcript, or part thereof, to the clerk of the lower court and shall deliver legible copies to the appellant and to any party who so requests.

The lower court may allow additional time for the production of a transcript upon the court reporter’ showing of exceptional circumstances.

These time standards apply to transcripts ordered on or after January 1, 2010.

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