What do I look for when proofreading your legal transcript?

Capitalization

  • Exhibits
  • Brands
  • Document names
  • Parentheticals
  • Titles and degrees

Formatting

  • Appearance page
  • Spacing
  • Q & A
  • Case style
  • Certificates
  • Bylines

Numbers

  1. Digits vs. words
  2. Dates
  3. Measurements
  4. Percentages
  5. Decimals
  6. Fractions

Punctuation

  • Polite request or question
  • Dependent/Independent clauses
  • Plurals/Possessives
  • Interruptions
  • Echo questions
  • Quoted material
  • Direct address

Spelling

  • Names
  • Locations
  • Terminology
  • Homophones
  • Hyphened words

Other things

  • Contact information
  • Correct swearing-in format
  • Everything matches the accompanying notice (if there is one)
  • Transposed/Missing words

I use several reputable
reference manuals and resources

 

Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters by Lillian I. Morson

Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation by Margie Wakeman Wells

The Gregg Reference Manual

Merriam-Webster Unabridged

Google

Google MT (medical words/drug names)

NCRA guidelines

Examples of proofread transcripts