Calif. Code of Civil Procedure §1282.5
Added by S.B. 1007
Effective date: January 1, 2017

An arbitration participant has the right to request a shorthand transcription of the arbitration proceedings with the demand for arbitration or during scheduling. Unless otherwise indicated in the arbitration agreement, the participant requesting the shorthand transcription will pay the transcription fees.

If an arbitrator refuses to allow a transcription of the arbitration, the arbitration participant requesting the transcription may petition a court to force the transcription to proceed.

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