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The Record on Appeal: What do you do when there was no court reporter?

Preserving the record for appeal is a crucial aspect of the litigation process.  In seminars and in law articles, attorneys are frequently instructed on how to ensure that if and when error occurs, the issue is preserved for appeal.  Preservation is important because an appellate court will presume that a trial court’s decision is correct until the party challenging that decision shows otherwise.   Without a record to demonstrate that error, an appeal will almost certainly result in an affirmance.   The rare exception to this principle is when the order on appeal demonstrates reversible error on its face.

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