2.5 Obtain and file a transcript, if necessary

Last Reviewed: June 2023 Reviewed by: Court of Appeal Staff

A transcript is a written record of a court or tribunal hearing.

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Rule 24 provides details about transcripts.

Your transcript must be filed and served on the respondent(s) at the same time as your Appeal Record, not more than 60 days after filing the notice of appeal, or, if leave is required, not more than 60 days after the date a judge in chambers granted you leave to appeal.

If witnesses testified in the previous proceedings, you must obtain a transcript of all oral testimony. A transcript is usually not necessary to resolve the issues being appealed if there were no witnesses. This means that for most appeals from Supreme Court chambers, including petitions, a transcript will not be necessary.

If you and the respondent(s) disagree about whether a transcript of proceedings other than oral testimony is necessary to resolve the issues being appealed, you can contact the registry and ask the Registrar or a Justice to decide what transcripts are required.

To order transcripts, you will have to contact a court transcription service, which are listed in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book or on the Internet. You may also get information from the “in court technologies office” at your local courthouse registry. For Vancouver, the Court Technologies Office may be contacted at (604) 660-3500 and in Victoria the phone number is (250) 356-5500.

Note: you are responsible for the cost of having the transcript prepared, even if you have been granted an order that no fees are payable. Preparation of a transcript can cost thousands of dollars.

Once you have obtained the transcripts, do the following:

  1. File the transcript. If you file in paper you will need at least 3 copies – one for use by the court, one for your own use, plus one for each respondent.
  2. File one electronic copy of the transcript.
  3. Serve a filed copy of the transcript on each respondent.

You must complete these steps not more than 60 days after filing your notice of appeal or, if leave is required, not more than 60 days after a judge granted you leave to appeal.

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