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Appendix A


Steno Machine Keyboard Layout

- Useful for resolving misstrokes and numbering -


STENO QUICK REFERENCE

Steno Machine Basic Phonetic Equivalents

MACHINE SHORTHAND/STENO EQUIVALENTS

Steno Phonetic Equivalents - One Syllable will combine Initial and Final Strokes to create the phoneme.

Phonetic Steno Initial Keystrokes

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(Asterisk) 

(Center of keyboard)

Steno Final Keystrokes

A

Long A

B

Soft C

Hard C

D

E

F

G

H

I

Long I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

X

Y

Z

A

A EU

PB

K R

K

TK

E

TP

TKPW

H

EU

AO EU

SKWR

K

HR

PH

TPH

O

P

KW

R

S

T

U

S R

KP

K W R

S E

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-

PB

S

BG

D

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F

G

-

-

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PBLG

B G

L

P L

PB

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P

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R

S

T

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F

BGS

OEU

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SCOPING EXAMPLE

I - SAMPLE ROUGH TRANSLATION

II - SAMPLE AFTER EDITING


EXAMPLE OF ROUGH TRANSLATION PRIOR TO SCOPING

(Testimony of a witness of Middle Eastern heritage)

(Some names have been masked)


1
 1                          JOHN DOE,          

 2  having been duly sworn, testified as follows: 

 3             THE REPORTER:  What kind of stipulations would

 4  you-all like? 

 5             MR. SMITH:  Under the Federal Rules of Civil

 6  Procedure. 

 7             MR. JONES:  I have none. 

 8             MR. SMITH:  Okay. 

 9  EXAMINATION BY MR. SMITH: 

10  Q   What did you do to prepare for this deposition? 

11  A   I got up got {addressed|dressed} and came. 

12  Q   Have you ever have you reviewed any materials at all? 

13  A   Not really you know.  I met with my representative yesterday. 

14  Q   Did you review any materials while you met with him? 

15  A   He showed me one piece of paper only that I haven't seen

16  before he asked me about it.  That's about it. 

17  Q   What was that? 

18  A   I think it was one of the {he had|educate|Ed} indicators that

19  had sent a letter out. 

20  Q   {an|and} {he had|educate|Ed} {do you|due} indicator for whom? 

21  A   {he had|educate|Ed} indicator part time {he had|educate|Ed}

22  indicator for far far rook sums. 

23  Q   Who is the {he had|educate|Ed} case?

24  A   Terry correspond dove have a. 

25  Q   How do you spell that please? 

Acme Court Reporting, Ph. (XXX) XXX-XXXX


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 1  A   T ER RV C OR DO VA. 

 2  Q   What did that educational {piece|peace} say? 

 3  A   I would have to look at it to had he been. 

 4  Q   Remember. 

 5  Q   Who was the {piece|peace} sent to? 

 6  A   I honestly don't recall. 

 7  Q   When you say <TAER> correspond dove have a is and he said

 8  indicator of yours is that a a is he or a a <SHEFRPLGTS> it's a she

 9  sir. 

10  Q   It's a she and what did she do is she employed by far rook

11  systems? 

12  A   No, sir she wars part time. 

13  Q   What did she for far rook systems? 

14  A   Teaches products. 

15  Q   Did this {piece|peace} have any comments about any Clairol or

16  matrix essential products? 

17  A   I think it has to do with car graph color graphics by matrix. 

18  Q   What did she say about color graphics? 

19  A   I would have to look at the <PAOEFS> paper to make sure I'm

20  giving you the right information. 

21  Q   Let me see if I can summarize tell me if I'm not right? 

22  A   Okay.

23  Q   Is this a {piece|peace} that your hand <-G> <O> out to your

24  customers that makes comments about color graphics? 

25  A   No, sir.

Acme Court Reporting, Ph. (XXX) XXX-XXXX


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 1  Q   Okay.  What is the purpose of this educational {piece|peace}? 

 2  A   I don't know.  I didn't talk to <TAER>. 

 3  Q   Did she do it on her own or did she do it under someone's

 4  instructions do you know? 

 5  A   It was sealed that she did it on her own. 

 6  Q   Has this been sent out to anybody? 

 7  A   No? 

 8  A   Not that I'm a aware of sir. 

 9  Q   Did you tell her not to send it out to anybody? 

10  A   I didn't contact her I didn't see the {piece|peace} until

11  yesterday. 

12  Q   Are you going to contact her not to send it out to anybody? 

13  A   Probably. 

14  Q   Can you describe your educational background please? 

15  A   <SKPWR> let's say formal {he had|educate|Ed} cake? 

16  A   Formal education I finished high school :  I went two years

17  to college and I got you know many you know training. 

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Acme Court Reporting, Ph. (XXX) XXX-XXXX


EXAMPLE AFTER SCOPING


1
 1                      JOHN DOE, 

 2  having been duly sworn, testified as follows: 

 3                THE REPORTER:  What kind of stipulations would

 4  you-all like? 

 5                MR. SMITH:  Under the Federal Rules of Civil

 6  Procedure. 

 7                MR. JONES:  I have none. 

 8                MR. SMITH:  Okay. 

 9  EXAMINATION BY MR. SMITH: 

10  Q   What did you do to prepare for this deposition? 

11  A   I got up, got dressed and came. 

12  Q   Have you ever -- have you reviewed any materials at all? 

13  A   Not really, you know.  I met with my representative

14  yesterday. 

15  Q   Did you review any materials while you met with him? 

16  A   He showed me one piece of paper only, that I haven't seen

17  before; he asked me about it.  That's about it. 

18  Q   What was that? 

19  A   I think it was one of the educators that had sent a letter    

20  out. 

21  Q   An educator for whom? 

22  A   Educator, part-time educator for Farr Systems. 

23  Q   Who is the educator? 

24  A   Terry Cordova. 

25  Q   How do you spell that, please? 

Acme Court Reporting, Ph. (XXX) XXX-XXXX


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 1  A  T-e-r-r-y, C-o-r-d-o-v-a.

 2  Q   What did that educational piece say? 

 3  A   I would have to look at it to remember. 

 4  Q   Who was the piece sent to? 

 5  A   I honestly don't recall. 

 6  Q   When you say "Terry Cordova," is he an educator of yours? 

 7  Is that a he or a she? 

 8  A   It's a she, sir. 

 9  Q   It's a she.  And what did she do?  Is she employed by Farr   

10  Systems? 

11  A   No, sir.  She works part time. 

12  Q   What did she do for Farr Systems? 

13  A   Teaches products. 

14  Q   Did this piece have any comments about any Clairol or

15  Matrix Essentials products? 

16  A   I think it has to do with Color -- ColorGraphics, by

17  Matrix. 

18  Q   What did she say about ColorGraphics? 

19  A   I would have to look at the piece of paper to make sure I'm

20  giving you the right information. 

21  Q   Let me see if I can summarize.  Tell me if I'm not right.  

22  A   Okay. 

23  Q   Is this a piece that you're handing out to your customers

24  that makes comments about ColorGraphics? 

25  A   No, sir.

Acme Court Reporting, Ph. (XXX) XXX-XXXX


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 1  Q   Okay.  What is the purpose of this educational piece?

 2  A   I don't know.  I didn't talk to Terry. 

 3  Q   Did she do it on her own or did she do it under someone's    

 4  instructions, do you know? 

 5  A   I would assume that she did it on her own. 

 6  Q   Has this been sent out to anybody? 

 7  A   No.  Not that I'm aware of, sir. 

 8  Q   Did you tell her not to send it out to anybody? 

 9  A   I didn't contact her.  I didn't see the piece until

10  yesterday. 

11  Q   Are you going to contact her and tell her not to send it

12  out to anybody? 

13  A   Probably. 

14  Q   Can you describe your educational background, please? 

15  Let's say formal education.  

16  A   Formal education?  I finished high school.  I went two

17  years to college and I got, you know, many, you know, training. 

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Acme Court Reporting, Ph. (XXX) XXX-XXXX


STATE FORMAT EXAMPLE

State Format Example Data

(excerpted from 1999 Texas Uniform Format Guide)

Paper: 8-1/2x11 inch paper, minimum 13 lb. stock, white with black printing.

Margins: 6-1/2 inches of print (65 characters at 10 pitch, 58 characters at 9 pitch) per line.

Pitch: Either 10 or 9 pitch may be used.

Line Nos.: 25 numbered lines per page, printed single-sided.

Page Nos.: Continuous from Page 1. Consecutive volumes may be numbered continuously by freelancers, but officials may restart each volume with Page 1.

Tabs: Fifth, tenth and 15th characters. First tab for "Q" and "A," second tab for start of text, third tab for paragraphs, colloquy and parentheticals.

Parentheticals should be kept to one line if possible.

- SAMPLE TEMPLATE STATE COVER PAGES FOLLOW -


DEPOSITION COVER PAGES

CONFORMED TO 1999 TEXAS UNIFORM FORMAT GUIDE


 1                            N*O 

 2  -*PLAINTIFF(S)               )  IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF 
                                 ) 
 3           Plaintiff(s),       ) 
                                 ) 
 4  VS.                          )  -***** COUNTY, T E X A S 
                                 ) 
 5  DEFENDANT(S)                 ) 
                                 ) 
 6           Defendant(s).       )  -*** JUDICIAL DISTRICT 
     
 7     
                                                           
 8  ----------------------------------------------------------------- 

 9                         DEPOSITION OF 

10                          -*WITNESS 

11                       *Month*Date*Year 

12  -----------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           
13

14     Oral deposition of -*WITNESS, produced as a witness at the

15  instance of -*Party, and duly sworn, was taken in the above-styled

16  and numbered cause on the DATE* of  -*Month, -*Year, from -*time to

17  -*time, before COURT/REPORTER*, Certified Shorthand Reporter in and

18  for the State of Texas, stenographically recorded, at the offices

19  of -*OFFICE, -*ADDRESS, pursuant to the Texas Rules of Civil

20  Procedure and the provisions stated on the record or attached

21  hereto.  

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 1                           A P P E A R A N C E S                        
 
 2     
         FOR THE PLAINTIFF(S): 
 3         -*NAME OF LAW FIRM 
           -*Address 
 4         -*City, -*STATE -*ZIPCODE 
             By:  -*Mr./Ms. Lawyer1      TBA NO. BAR*1 
 5 
 
 6       FOR THE DEFENDANT(S) -*DEFENDANT'S NAME: 
           -*NAME OF LAW FIRM 
 7         -*Address 
           -*City, -*STATE -*ZIPCODE 
 8           By:  -*Mr./Ms. Lawyer2      TBA NO. BAR*1 
 
 9
         FOR THE DEFENDANT(S) -*DEFENDANT'S NAME: 
10         -*NAME OF LAW FIRM 
           -*Address 
11         -*City, -*STATE -*ZIPCODE 
             By:  -*Mr./Ms. Lawyer3      TBA NO. BAR*1 
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13       FOR THE DEFENDANT(S) -*DEFENDANT'S NAME: 
           -*NAME OF LAW FIRM 
14         -*Address 
           -*City, -*STATE -*ZIPCODE 
15           By:  -*Mr./Ms. Lawyer4      TBA NO. BAR*1 
 
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                             INDEX                                      
 
 1  TESTIMONY OF:  -*WITNESS 
  
 2  EXAMINATION BY:                          PAGE 
       Mr. -*1att ........................     P* 
 3     Mr. -*2att ........................     P* 
       Mr. -*1att ........................     P* 
 4     Mr. -*2att ........................     P* 
 
 5
 
 6                EXHIBIT INDEX 
 
 7                                               PAGE 
    -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
 8  -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
    -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
 9  -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
    -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
10  -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
    -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
11  -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
    -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P* 
12  -*WWW Exhibit No. -* .....................     P*

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 1                         -*WITNESS,                            

 2  having been duly sworn, testified as follows: 

 3               THE REPORTER:  Please state your stipulations on

 4  the record. 
   
 5              (NOTE: This is where the stipulations go) 

 6  EXAMINATION BY MR. -*1ATT: 

 7       Q.   This is how the text appears on most state formats. 

 8  This example demonstrates the general layout, including the

 9  tabulations and some simple parentheticals: 

10               (Sotto voce discussion) 

11               (Discussion off the record) 

12       A.   Most states have their own variations, but there is a

13  push to make transcripts more uniform.  Some people appreciate the

14  change, while others don't. 

15               One feature some people don't like is the new

16  paragraphing starting three tabs in; others also prefer that the

17  words don't wrap under the answer or question symbols but instead

18  form a neat box, in a layout called text indentation. 

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FEDERAL FORMAT SAMPLE DATA

COURT TRANSCRIPT FORMAT


Federal Format Sample Information

Paper: 8-1/2x11 inch paper, minimum 13 lb. stock, white with black printing.

Margins: The left margin is 1-3/4 inch from the left edge of the sheet, and the right margin is 3/8 inch away from the right edge of the sheet.

Pitch: Either 10 or 9 pitch may be used.

Line Nos.: 25 numbered lines per page, printed single-sided.

Page Nos.: Continuous from Page 1. Consecutive volumes may be numbered continuously by freelancers, but officials may restart each volume with Page 1, provided they use volume labels.

Tabs: Fifth, tenth and 15th character places. "Q" and "A" symbols should be placed at the left margin. The first tab is used to start text at the fifth character space from the left margin. The second tab is used to indent paragraphs and start symbols for colloquy. The third tab is used for parentheticals, unless centered.

SAMPLE TEMPLATE FEDERAL COVER PAGES FOLLOW


 1               IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 
                  FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS 
 2                         HOUSTON DIVISION 
 
 3
 
 4  *UNITED STATES OF AMERICA               *CR-H-XX-XXXX 
                                            *Date 
 5  V.                                      Houston, Texas 
                                            *TIME/A-P* 
 6  *DEFENDANTS 
 
 7
 
 8
 
 9                 BEFORE THE HONORABLE *JUDGE 
 
10                          *AND A JURY 
 
11                          PROCEEDINGS 
 
12 
 
13  APPEARANCES: 
 
14  For the Plaintiff:                      Mr. XXXXXX  XXXXXX 
                                            XXXX 
15                                          XXXX 
                                            XXXX 
16
 
17  For the Defendant:                      ********* 
                                            ********* 
18                                          **** 
                                            **** 
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23  Official Interpreter:                   Interpreter* 
 
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    Proceedings recorded and transcript produced by computer-aided
25  transcription.


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 1                         INDEX 
 
 2  WITNESSES:                                            PAGE:   
 
 3  Direct Examination, by Mr. **------------------- 
    Cross-Examination, by Mr. ***------------------- 
 4  Redirect Examination, by Mr. **----------------- 
    Recross Examination, by Mr. ***----------------- 
 5  Further Redirect Examination, by Mr. **--------- 
    Further Recross Examination, by Mr. ***--------- 
 6
    XXXX 
 7  Direct Examination, by Mr. **------------------- 
    Cross-Examination, by Mr. ***------------------- 
 8  Redirect Examination, by Mr. **----------------- 
    Recross Examination, by Mr. ***----------------- 
 9  Further Redirect Examination, by Mr. **--------- 
    Further Recross Examination, by Mr. ***--------- 
10 
    XXX 
11  Direct Examination, by Mr. **------------------- 
    Cross-Examination, by Mr. ***------------------- 
12  Redirect Examination, by Mr. **----------------- 
    Recross Examination, by Mr. ***----------------- 
13  Further Redirect Examination, by Mr. **--------- 
    Further Recross Examination, by Mr. ***--------- 
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    XXX 
15  Direct Examination, by Mr. **------------------- 
    Cross-Examination, by Mr. ***------------------- 
16  Redirect Examination, by Mr. **----------------- 
    Recross Examination, by Mr. ***----------------- 
17  Further Redirect Examination, by Mr. **--------- 
    Further Recross Examination, by Mr. ***--------- 
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    XXX 
19  Direct Examination, by Mr. **------------------- 
    Cross-Examination, by Mr. ***------------------- 
20  Redirect Examination, by Mr. **----------------- 
    Recross Examination, by Mr. ***----------------- 
21  Further Redirect Examination, by Mr. **--------- 
    Further Recross Examination, by Mr. ***---------
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 1                           (Jury present) 

 2           THE COURT:  All right.  This is cause No. 9647, the

 3  United States of America versus Oscar Guthrie.  Who is representing

 4  the government in this matter? 

 5           MR. DAVIS:  Good morning, Judge.  Doug Davis, for the

 6  United States. 

 7           MR. JONES:  Good morning, Your Honor.  Ron Jones, for

 8  the defense, Your Honor. 

 9           THE COURT:  Gentlemen, if you-all are ready, please

10  come forward. 

11                All right, Mr. Guthrie, you were here before the

12  Court-- 

13           THE DEFENDANT:  Yes, sir. 

14           THE COURT:  --previously, entered a plea of guilty to

15  Count 1 of an indictment, conspiracy to possess with intent to

16  distribute cocaine, and I believe that you--let me ask:  Did you

17  enter your plea agreement pursuant to a-- 

18           THE DEFENDANT:  (Shakes head) 

19           THE COURT:  You did not? 

20                (Perusing documents)  You entered a plea of

21  guilty, I believe, as to Count 1.  It was tried as to Count 2. 

22                Is that right? 

23           MR. JONES:  Count 3, Judge.  It was a bench trial and

24  there was no plea agreement, Judge.    

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