How and When to Use the Oxford Comma

The Argument is Ongoing,
Contentious, and Real

Recently, we spoke with a friend of CompuScripts  Court Reporting who was using a dating website for the first time.  In her profile, she listed three questions to be answered before she would agree to a date:

  • Are you allergic to dogs?
  • Do you like to travel?
  • Where do you stand on the Oxford comma?

The last question sounds as if it were meant in jest, but as a company whose stock-in-trade is words, we know that both proponents and opponents take the answer very seriously.  Therefore, CompuScripts would like to discuss how and when to use the Oxford comma. (more…)

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How a Court Reporter Transcribes Bates Numbers

Bates Numbers and Court Reporters

As guardian of the record, a court reporter includes every facet of a deposition when producing the transcript: the name of the witness, the names of the attorneys present, and what was said and by whom. A court reporter also includes in the transcript an index of exhibits that were presented during the deposition. The index lists each exhibit by exhibit number, description, and Bates numbers or ranges. CompuScripts is no stranger to Bates numbers and court reporters, so today we take a moment to talk about Edward G. Bates, his numbers, and how a court reporter writes them. (more…)

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