When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.
Paying attention to detail is something that court reporters must do. It is a characteristic that is valued. Without this characteristic, court reporters would be unable to produce coherent and accurate transcripts for their clients. Therefore, it is imperative that you, as a court reporter, are able to edit your documents properly and thoroughly. Meticulousness can help bolster you in the court reporting community as a competent and worthy reporter. Here are four editing tips that will help you with your document accuracy:
1. Always Take Your Time Editing
One of the most important things that you can do to ensure accuracy is to take your time editing. This is true regardless of how close you are to your deadline. If you edit your document too quickly, then there is a very good chance that you are going to overlook spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. If you slow down, you will be able to eliminate unnecessary errors like those.
2. Double-Check Spellings of All Names
In your documents, you will have various names of people, places, companies, etc. These names need to be thoroughly fact-checked before sending the final transcript to your client. After all, while you may assume that the name is spelled one way, it could be spelled a completely different way. For example, Stacy can be spelled multiple ways: Stacy, Stacey, Staci, Stacie, etc. Therefore, it is imperative that you check the spelling of any and all proper names throughout an authoritative source, such as Google. Your client may have sent you a file with this information or you may have access to the exhibits from the deposition. In either case, use that data to double-check your spellings.
3. Try Proofreading in Multiple Formats
After you have edited your work in your regular program (usually CAT), try printing it out as a hard copy to edit or converting it into a .pdf file to edit. Sometimes all it takes is a completely different format and a new perspective to allow you to pick up on small mistakes that you overlooked in your standard program.
4. Try Proofreading Standing Up
Believe it or not, getting too comfortable sitting at your desk could lead to you missing some of your own mistakes in your work. So, standing up to proofread your work can lead to you being able to concentrate better and locating mistakes that you had previously missed.
Remember, your transcript is your livelihood, so it is important that you slow down, avoid rushing and do a solid job to ensure the accuracy of your final transcript.
For more information, talk to a professional like L & L Reporting Service, Inc.Share