Scoping Rates

Case CATalyst Scoping

Full Audio

While listening to full audio at regular speed, I carefully compare every word on the page to what was spoken aloud.

 

Your Style

Your transcripts are your personal work of art, complete with your name on the title page. My job is to support you by editing your transcripts exactly the way you like them.

To make things easy for both of us, you are welcome to fill out a style questionnaire when we start working together.

 

What details do I especially look for?

  • formatting (spacing of lines and words; alignment; speaker tags; parentheticals)
  • spelling (of words, names, e-mails)
  • punctuation
  • capitalization
  • hyphenation
  • numerals
  • abbreviations
  • dates
  • Q’s and A’s and bylines
  • homophones and commonly confused words (ensure/insure, affect/effect, forego/forgo, therefore/therefor)
  • terms of art, legal and medical terminology
  • missing or transposed words
  • general sense and context

 

What do I research?

  • proper nouns
  • technical terms
  • uncommon words and phrases
  • anything else I’m not 100 percent sure about

 

What references do I use?

  • Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters by Lillian Morson (2nd edition)
  • Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation by Margie Wakeman Wells
  • The Gregg Reference Manual by William A. Sabin (10th edition)
  • Dictionary.com and the Merriam-Webster medical dictionary

 

CaseCATalyst Scoping Rates

Rate Type

Turnaround

Intelligent Verbatim

Strict Verbatim (video)

Standard

5-7 days $1.50/page $1.60/page

Expedite

4 days $1.75/page

$1.85/page

Speedy

3 days $2.00/page

$2.10/page

Speedier

2 days $2.25/page

$2.35/page

Next Day

24+ hours $2.50/page

$2.60/page

Overnight

12+ hours $2.75/page

$2.85/page

RealTeam/Immediate ASAP $3.00/page

$3.10/page

Current through June 30, 2024

Saturdays and major holidays are not included in turnaround times.

These rates are based on 25-line pages.  For pages with 26-28 lines, add 10 percent to the prices above.

 

Additional Charges

  • Trials & Voir Dire/Technical/Dense$0.50/page added to above rates (description below)
  • Drops/Untrans$0.50/page added to above rates (description below)
  • File Growth | *extra pages only* billed at double rate (description below)

Medical/Technical/Dense

Due to the extra time involved in scoping transcripts that are heavy with technical language (medical or other expert witness) or that are exceptionally dense (such as arbitrations with margin-to-margin words and very little white space per page), $0.50 per page may be added.  You will be notified as soon as I make this determination.

The technical charge can be waived if you have already verified all the technical terms.

Drops/Untrans

Although I bill per page, time is also a consideration. Files containing a large amount of raw steno or missing words that must be typed in may be charged an additional $0.50 per page. I’ll communicate with you early in the scoping process to let you know if this higher rate would apply.

File Growth

If the page count grows by 10 percent or more, the additional pages (only those pages) will be charged at a transcription rate of double the page rate for that job.

This charge would only apply if the extra pages are created by adding missing material (not paragraphing/formatting). I will notify you early in the scoping process if this appears to be happening.

Helpful Info

Communication

Meeting your deadlines is very important to me.   Please e-mail me to confirm that I’m available and able to accommodate your deadline before you send a new job.

Be sure to tell me what day and time (in your time zone) you need the file returned.  If no deadline is specified, I’ll assume you need standard six-day turnaround.

Invoicing

First-time clients will be billed upon completion, and payment is due within seven days.  This initial invoice needs to be paid before I can begin work on your next job.

For returning clients, invoices are sent out on the 1st and 15th of every month.  Payment is due within 14 days.

Making Payments

You’ll receive my invoices via QuickBooks.  You are welcome to pay with a credit card or bank transfer through QuickBooks or send funds via PayPal.

Late Fees

A 10 percent late fee, calculated from the invoice total, will be applied at the next billing cycle (15 days after the date of the initial invoice) and will compound every 30 days thereafter.