Reporter's Preference Sheet
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CAT System (for scoping only)
Alternate Phone/Emergency Contact
Type of Reporter
Preferred Style Guide
Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters by Lillian Morson
Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation by Margie Wakeman Wells
The Gregg Reference Manual
*FOR SCOPING SERVICES ONLY*
Mark all that apply.
Require editing with audio
Clean up lawyers
Leave in "strike that"
Paragraph after "strike that"
(indicating) when witness points
A. -- for when witness responds after colloquy
THE WITNESS: -- for when witness responds after colloquy
Space before and after dashes
Add [sic] when speaker clearly misstates or says something “weird”
BY line format
BY MR. LAWYER: Q. Did you say that?
BY MR. LAWYER: [next line] Q. Did you say that?
BY MR. LAWYER: Did you say that?
(By Mr. Lawyer) Did you say that?
(BY MR. LAWYER) Did you say that?
Preferences for inserting dropped words
Just type them in
^ word (or conflict as needed)
Aside from a video transcript, preference when it comes to adding small and inconsequential dropped words such as "okay," "that," "and," etc.
Don't worry about it
Preference for leaving you notes within the transcript
*FOR BOTH SCOPING AND PROOFING*
Mark all punctuation preferences that apply.
If witness says "eight o'clock"
If witness says "eight p.m."
If witness says "It's from five to eight"
five to eight
5 to 8
5:00 to 8:00
Dates used as descriptors
January 5th, 2016, accident
January 5th, 2016 accident
1991 or 2
1991 or '2
1991 or '92
If witness says "five million dollars"
$5 million dollars
five million dollars
5 million dollars
10 or 15 dollars
$10 or $15
10 or $15
one to two thousand dollars
1- to $2,000
Exhibit # preferences
Exhibit No. 4
Exhibit Number 4
lions, tigers, and bears
lions, tigers and bears
Commas or questions marks?
How long were you in London? Two days? Two months? Two years?
How long were you in London, two days, two months, two years?
Page and line #'s
Page 10, Line 20
page 10, line 20
In answer to a question
No, I didn't see him.
No. I didn't see him.
No; I didn't see him.
Is that correct/right?
It was a blue car, is that correct?
It was a blue car; is that correct?
It was a blue car. Is that correct?
Correct/right at end of question
It was a blue car, right?
It was a blue car; right?
It was a blue car. Right?
Punctuation on questions
You need to answer verbally, do you understand?
You need to answer verbally; do you understand?
You need to answer verbally. Do you understand?
Additional Preferences (Mark all that apply)
Keep together function on Mr./Mrs./Mr./Dr./No.
Direct quotation marks (reading from documents)
Indirect quotation marks (person speaking for another)
Capitalize Counsel if it can be replaced with a name – Repeat that, Counsel/Lisa.
Capitalize Plaintiff/Defendant if it can be replaced with a name
Capitalize North, South, East, West (Up North)
Hyphens between – inch-and-a-half
Spell out numbers one through nine
Maintain consistency with numbers in like items -- I worked 25 hours at ABC. When I worked at XYZ, it was 5.
Set off throwaway phrases with commas -- We stayed for, like, an hour.
Comma before too – He went with us, too.
Comma before then -- What did he look like, then?
Hyphen before or after incomplete numbers
Capitalize cited numbered references -- Question 8, Paragraph 7, Article IX
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