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Transcript Reimbursement Fund Guidelines Pro Bono Program


The Transcript Reimbursement Fund (TRF) was established by the legislature in 1981 and is funded through the Certified Shorthand Reporters annual license renewal fees. The purpose of the TRF is to provide transcript reimbursement costs to indigent litigants. There are certain criteria to determine eligibility, which should be clarified through these guidelines:

  1. The applicant must be a qualified legal services project, qualified support center, other qualified project, or pro bono attorney (B&P 8030.4(a)). If the applicant is a pro bono attorney, the case must have been referred to that attorney by a qualified legal services project, qualified support center, or other qualified project, or the attorney must have been appointed by the court. (Also see B&P 8030.4(j) - (m))
  2. The litigant must be indigent as defined in B&P 8030.4 (f).
  3. The case cannot be fee generating (B&P 8030.4(e)).
  4. The applicant must certify to refund the full amount of all reimbursements from the TRF from any award of court costs or attorneys' fees (B&P 8030.8(a)(6)).
  5. The applicant must notify the court of the reimbursed sum. If the sum is included in any award of costs, it must be refunded to the TRF (B&P 8030.6(f)).
  6. The TRF pays for transcripts (either an original and one copy or a copy) of court or deposition proceedings. Other transcript costs, including expedite fees, are also covered. For a complete breakdown of reimbursable costs and maximums, please see B&P Code 8030.6.
  7. Reporters invoices must contain a breakdown of costs. Sample invoices can be found by visiting www.courtreportersboard.ca.gov/licensees/sampletrfinvoice.pdf

The entire law governing the TRF can be found by visiting http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=BPC&division=3.&title=&part=&chapter=13.&article=4

The Court Reporters Board (Board) files everything pertaining to TRF by case name. Please indicate correct and complete case names on all correspondence pertaining to TRF.