Instead of waiting for a final certified transcript from your court reporter, ordering an uncertified rough draft transcript can give you an edge and advantage on case preparation. The rough draft is a transcript that has not been edited or proofread and it cannot be cited in any official pleading or filing. Nevertheless, an uncertified rough draft transcript can prove to be very useful in wisely using the time before the final transcript is received. This transcript could be used for making notes while the testimony is fresh in your mind, shared with co-counsel or expert witnesses, research for multi-day depositions and other case preparation strategies.
Because this transcript is truly a rough draft there are few things you can do to assist in increasing the accuracy and readability of the transcript:
- When scheduling service, let us know that you’ll need a rough draft transcript. A prepared reporter is a better reporter.
- Send us a notice and pleadings if possible. The reporter will create a “job dictionary” with names and spellings unique to your case and those words will translate into English.
- Minimize “speed talking” if possible. Smoother, even speaking will translate into a higher rate of accuracy for your rough draft.
- Talking over one another always creates a choppy and incomplete transcript. Best always to avoid this, rough draft or not.
- Take “mental breaks” every 90 minutes or so, give your court reporter a few moments to refresh and recharge.
Request uncertified rough draft transcripts for your depositions and stay ahead of the curve on case preparation. To learn more about how uncertified rough draft transcripts can assist with case preparation, read our article, A Service Your Court Reporter Can Provide That Can Help With Case Preparation.