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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 17-30.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 17-30.1. Recording evidence and incidents of trial in certain civil cases and cost thereof; cost of transcripts; preservation of original notes or records; certified transcript prima facie correct.
(a) In all civil cases involving an amount in excess of $300, the
court or judge trying the case may by order entered of record provide for the
recording verbatim of the evidence and incidents of trial either by a court
reporter or by mechanical or electronic devices approved by the court. The
expense of reporting and recording the trial of a civil case shall be paid by
the litigants in the manner and in the proportion as the court may in its
discretion direct. A transcript of the record, when required by any party,
shall be paid for by such party; provided, that the court on appeal may
provide that such cost may, in civil cases, be reimbursed to the party
prevailing. The failure to secure the services of a reporter, or the failure
to have the case reported or recorded for any other reason, shall not affect
the proceeding or trial. The reporter or other individual designated to
report and record the trial shall preserve the original shorthand notes or
other original records for not less than ten five years, except
that the suspension or tolling of the statute of limitations as provided for
in § 8.01-229 shall also be applicable to this section. The transcript in any
case certified by the reporter or other individual designated to report and
record the trial shall be deemed prima facie a correct statement of the
evidence and incidents of trial.
The administration of this section shall be under the direction of the Supreme Court of Virginia.