• Make Sure You Have A Complete Transcript For Appeal
  • March 30, 2017 | Authors: Jennifer B. Anderson; Eileen Dennis GilBride
  • Law Firm: Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. - Phoenix Office
  • The appealing party has the burden of providing the appellate court with the record to support his/her argument on appeal. Sometimes you will need the entire transcript to support your argument ¿ for example, if you want to argue that the evidence is insufficient to support the verdict. Other times, the judge will have made important comments and rulings before trial begins or after it ends that day, or between witnesses. You might also need the arguments on a rule 50 motion made in the middle of trial. Whatever the circumstance, it is critical for the appealing party to have complete transcripts so that the appellate courts can determine what happened at trial. One of the biggest gaps in trial court records occurs when parties fail to ensure that a court reporter reports bench conferences, at least those you know relate to a critical issue. If an appellate lawyer attends a big trial, he or she can help make sure the record looks good for the court of appeals while you make sure the case looks good for the jury. Here are some examples of areas where the record could become unclear.