Dear Nancy: A witness mispronounced a word several times in her testimony. She kept saying “paraplectic” and I’m pretty sure she meant paraplegic. The lawyer never corrected her. And since that’s the way it was said, should I fix it or put [sic] after paraplectic? If I use [sic], should I put it in the [...]
I had a deposition in which the witness wants to read and sign but was not represented by counsel and she did not want to buy a copy of the transcript.
Dear Nancy: I had a deposition in which the witness wants to read and sign but was not represented by counsel and she did not want to buy a copy of the transcript. In this instance, do I send her a letter asking her to make an appointment with the court reporting agency to come [...]
Dear Nancy: I have a simple transcribing question. The attorney asks the witness if he sees the “1/2″ in the document before him. He says “one slash two” and the document says “1/2″. If I put “1/2″ in the transcript, I read it as “one half”, but it isn’t a fraction. I’m thinking that might [...]
Dear Nancy: I’m a fairly new reporter and I had a request for my first rough draft transcript. Do I put something on the transcript to designate that it’s only a rough draft? Signed, Daft About Drafts Dear Daft About Drafts: You don’t mention whether the attorney(s) is getting an electronic copy, a hard copy, [...]
In a transcript where two of the attorneys present have the same last name, how should I indicate them in colloquy?
Dear Nancy: In a transcript where two of the attorneys present have the same last name, how should I indicate them in colloquy? Signed, Seeing Double Dear Seeing Double: I have always used the first initials in the colloquy. Example: MR. C. SMITH: and MR. E. SMITH:. Hope that helps!
Dear Nancy: I’ve got two transcript questions about case captions. In the first one, the caption has the plaintiff’s last name spelled wrong. What do I put as the caption? In the second one, the defendant’s name has changed. Do I put in the defendant as named in the caption, or how the defendant refers [...]
Dear Nancy: Help! I can’t “figure” out how to refer to these numbers in my transcript. Here is what was said: Q. And do you see the list of 18 items beneath Improvements? A. Yes. Q. Do you see a total cost basis of a million two under $13,330? How would I reflect [...]