Litigants are given an option whether to have their hearing transcribed by the judge’s court reporter on the day and time of hearing. Litigants should strongly consider employing the court reporter in case the court’s ruling is adverse to their interests and there could later be a desire to appeal.
If there is no transcript of the court proceeding, the court’s ruling is likely to stand, regardless if it was based on legal error. You may find that the cost of acquiring the court reporter’s services would have been well worth it in hindsight. For an example, see Holmes v. Roberson-Homles, S10F0130, http://www.gasupreme.us/sc-op/pdf/s10f0130.pdf.
Post written by: Tiffany Lunn Esq