Hello all. Haven't written in a while because things are SUPER busy. Been out of town a lot, too. And just recently got our second "child," another one of the most adorable/gorgeous/huge great danes you'll ever see:) His name is Kaden. I will post some pictures on my page.

Anyways, way off topic there. I am just wondering how you show in the transcript when you read back. At my first company, I was taught to do it this way:

THE REPORTER: "Q: Where do you live?"

But where I am at now, they are wanting it to look like this:

(Whereupon the reporter read back the question.)
"Q. Where do you live?"

I was just curious what other of you thought and how yours looks. I am in Upstate NY if that matters at all.

Thanks for the responses:)

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Comment by Veronica Kubat on November 26, 2009 at 15:09
(The reporter read the record as follows:
QUESTION: "What is your name?
ANSWER: "Gerard Truman.
QUESTION: "Where do you live?
ANSWER: "I forget.")

All indented ten spaces on left and five on right.
I put it right where I'm asked to read back because that's where the attorneys are going to look for
what was read and it provides continuity for someone reading the transcript.

If I just put (The reporter read the record.) and put the line numbers, the person reading the transcript is going to have to flip back to that and it disrupts the flow of information to the reader.

Comment by Rosalie DeLeonardis on November 24, 2009 at 12:16
My blurb looks like this: (Page 10, Lines 1 to 15 read back by reporter.) or (Lines 20 to 25 read back by reporter.) After all corrections are made on my transcript I go back and double check all my read back spots to make sure they still line up.
Comment by Jina Soto on November 22, 2009 at 8:03
I have always put in the blurb (Record read.) when it was the previous testimony,and quoting it as in Kelli's example when it is further back in the transcript. I readlly like the idea of quoting it every time. If we must stop writing to read, we are losing words/pages per hour. Great idea, Kelli I'm using it from now on!
Comment by Kelli Combs (admin) on November 21, 2009 at 17:49
I always put it like this:
(Record read as folllows:
"Q When did you learn about
the issue?)

I put all readbacks that way. If I have to read back, I am going to get the extra pages. I had this one case I was on for about 15 depos and opposing counsel had me reading back, I kid you not, at least 80 times a day. I had over 30 extra pages in my transcript by the time I was done.

Also, I have had multiple attorneys request I put in the transcript what I read. I have done it this way for as long as I can remember.
Comment by Cathryn Bauer on November 21, 2009 at 12:55
I normally write the parenthetical, (The court reporter read back as requested.). I live in the SF Bay Area, and yes, it does matter. This is one of those issues where customs differ according to venue. I hope that someone from upstate New York chimes in here.
Comment by Kyung on November 21, 2009 at 10:08
I just put a blurb.

(Record read.)

Unless, they want me to read something from 3 pages back, then I put:

(Record read as follows:

"Q blah?")

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