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“Preparing a Certificate of No Transcript on Appeal: A Legal Documentation Guide”

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A Certificate of No Transcript on Appeal is a legal document filed in appellate court cases, indicating that no transcript of the lower court proceedings is necessary for the appeal. This certificate is typically used in cases where the appeal is based on legal issues that do not require a review of the spoken testimony or evidence presented in the lower court.


The requirement for this certificate arises in appellate cases where the basis of the appeal is purely on legal or procedural grounds, and the facts of the case, as presented in the lower court, are not in dispute. It streamlines the appellate process by acknowledging that a transcript is unnecessary for the appeal’s consideration.

How to Draft

Drafting a Certificate of No Transcript on Appeal involves the following steps:

  1. Case Identification: Include the appellate case name, number, and the court where the appeal is filed.
  2. Statement of Non-Necessity: Clearly state that a transcript of the lower court’s proceedings is not necessary for the appellate court to review the case.
  3. Reasons: Briefly explain why the transcript is not required, typically because the appeal revolves around legal questions rather than factual disputes.
  4. Appellate Procedure References: Cite any relevant appellate procedural rules that support the filing of such a certificate.
  5. Signature and Date: The certificate should be signed and dated by the party or their attorney.


File the Certificate of No Transcript on Appeal with the appellate court handling the case. Ensure that a copy is served on the opposing party or their attorney, adhering to the court’s rules for service.


A Certificate of No Transcript on Appeal is a significant document in appellate law, helping to focus the appeal on legal arguments rather than a review of the factual record. Proper preparation and filing of this certificate are crucial for the efficiency of the appellate process, ensuring that the court’s time and resources are directed towards the legal issues central to the appeal.