Legal Anniversary?

Hi all. I’ve been foraying into the world of court-reporting with Anniversary Gregg and my stenotype machine at a local legal college. It struck me that though I have a miniature library of shorthand books, none of them are tailored to legal work. I found a pdf of sample testimonies and depositions on this site, but there are several briefs/phrases that just escape me completely because of my lack of familiarity with legal Gregg and terminology in general.

Does anyone have any book titles I can search for that provide phrases and practice for the aspiring court reporter? Or even pdfs?

Thanks 🙂

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  1. The "Gregg Shorthand Reporting Course" (Swem and Gregg, 1936) is a gem, and is probably what you want, but it's also rarer than hens' teeth for some reason.  It's a large format book with all kinds of legal and testimony material, as well as some lists of specialized vocabulary.   Then there's the "Gregg Reporting Shortcuts" that appeared in a number of editions, starting in 1922.    There's a little volume "Government Dictation" (Foote and Strong, 1944) that provides some vocabulary review.  And there's a series of "Congressional Record Dictation", "Testimony Dictation", and "Jury Charge Dictation", but they're straight English text for practice, no shorthand in the books.    I have a book called "The Law Stenographer" (Batten, Weaver, and Kelley, 1937/1946) that has shorthand plates by Charles Zoubek.   There's also "The Legal Secretary" (Connelly and Maroney, 1945) with shorthand by Charles Zoubek.   That's all I can come up with at this point, although knowing Gregg's marketing savvy there undoubtedly were other legal titles through the years.    Alex

  2. "Gregg Expert Speed Building," (Charles E. Zoubek, plates by Charles
    Rader, 1951, 1968, ISBN 07-0703050-4) has a section entitled "Law."

    "Gregg Reporting Shortcuts," (John Robert Gregg, 1922). Took me a long
    time to find this one and I had to pay more than I wanted to.

    "Gregg Reporting Shortcuts, Second Edition," (Charles E. Zoubek and
    Morris W. Rifkin, plates by Charles Rader, 1959). Difficult to find but
    is my favorite book.

    When you get ready for it, "Gregg Medical Shorthand Dictionary," Edward
    Elmer Byers, 1976, ISBN 0-07-009504-3, is an excellent book


  3. If you are looking for things that are harmonious with Anniversary, the Gregg Shorthand Reporting Course is very good.  It uses Gregg Reporting Shortcuts as part of the program.  But as has been mentioned, it's very hard to find.    There was a Gregg Expert Shorthand that was published in the 40's that may be Anniversary based — I haven't been able to find the first edition and the only one I have is a Simplified edition.  It contains some of the shortcuts that you can find in the Gregg Reporting Shortcuts book, but it doesn't have the testimony phrases that are the big time savers.    Gregg Reporting Shortcuts is a little easier to find.  There was the red book that was published in 20s/30s and there was a subsequent edition that was published later that contains mostly the same material.    I wish you the best of luck.  The Medical Stenographer was a companion text to the Gregg Medical Shorthand Manual (mine is black with green lettering on the cover).  I've seen them on E-Bay every now and again. 

  4. Thank you all! I found that Reporting Course online, but the price is way too steep for me at the moment ($175!). The others are a modest $10 or so each.

    So far, I've just been borrowing heavily from the court reporting pdf on this site (what I can decipher), and improvising some of my own shortcuts. In case anyone's curious, here are some of my own inventions… Lindsay, I'd be very grateful if you, as a working court reporter, might share some of your favorite tricks too! 🙂

    * contractions shown by placing an s/z distinction stroke (since it almost never gets used otherwise) under the word. It's counted as an error at my school if I write "I had" instead of "I'd".
    * "recall" is "k-o" under the pronoun or phrase
    * "recollect" is "k-o-l" under the pronoun or phrase
    * in this case = n-th-k
    * in court = nk-t
    * on the ground = o-g-nd
    * on the part of = o-p-o
    * preponderance of the evidence = p-r-e-v-dn
    * beyond a reasonable doubt = br-s-dt
    * beyond all reasonable doubt = b-o-r-s-dt
    * that is correct = th-a-kr; that's correct = th-a-kr (tick)
    * State of Oregon = s-t-o-r-e

    I have some others, but those are my current favorites 🙂

    I hope Gregg Reporting Shortcuts or The Law Stenographer have proven briefs/tips/phrases for things like this, since I'm sure some of my improvisations aren't very clever/fast.

    Thanks for all your help! I'll be getting the two books I listed above. If I can find the Reporting Course for under $100 somewhere, I'll get that too.

  5. Here are some from the Gregg Reporting Shortcuts books (1922 and 1959 editions):

    1. in this case: n – left th – right s – k – a
    2. in court: n – k – t
    3. on the ground: o – n – g
    4. on the part: o – n – p – t
    5. preponderance of the evidence: two choices: p – left th – disjoined ev (1922), or p – left th – e (1959). There are more stereotypical phrases with "preponderance of the evidence" that are abbreviated even further.
    6. beyond a reasonable doubt: two choices: b – o – n – r – right s – d (1922) or b – r – right s – d (1959)
    7. beyond all reasonable doubt: b – o – n – o – r – right s – d (1922) or b – o – r – right s – d (1959)
    8. that is correct: left th – a – right s – k
    9: State of Oregon: s – t – o – r – e
    10: recall: r – e – c
    11. recollect: r (it may be disjoined or joined, depending on the phrase in the 1959 version of the shortcuts, but it is joined in the 1922 version).

    Let us know if you have more phrases.

  6. I have the "Gregg Expert Speed Course", published in 1945.  Because Simplified didn't appear until 1949, this book is Anniversary, even though the size and format of the book is a match for the books that appeared later in the Simplified series.   The "Gregg Expert Speed Course" came out in Simplified in 1951.  For DJS, the title (and format) changed to "Gregg Expert Speed Building".   The books are well worth having, and are specifically designed to get speed up to 140-175 wpm.  The 1945 book is hard to find.  The simplified edition shows up once in a while, and the DJS book is pretty common.   (The "Gregg Expert Speed Building" also came out in Series 90–I don't know if it was available for Centennial).   Alex

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