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1. to preserve in writing, printing, on film, tape, etc.; 2. a precise history of a suit from beginning to end, including the conclusions of law thereon, drawn by the proper officer to perpetuate the exact facts. EXAMPLE: A court rule provides that a judge must inform a person convicted of a crime of his or her right to an attorney to pursue an appeal if he or she so desires. Since all comments by the judge are transcribed, a record is produced that will eliminate any question whether the person was informed of his or her rights. The RECORD ON APPEAL consists of those items introduced in evidence in the lower court, as well as compilation of pleadings, motions, briefs and other papers filed in the proceeding in the inferior court. 3. in real property law, to enter in writing in a repository maintained as a public record any mortgage, sale of land or other interest affecting real property located within the jurisdiction of the government entity maintaining the public record.

see criminal record; of record; recording acts
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016

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