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It is getting real..

1.  Attached is an information sheet regarding the Zander Eaton proceeding.  You will be given several minutes in advance of the video to prepare the heading of your log sheet. 


Remember, certain proceedings may not match up to the format of this log sheet.  You may cross out certain areas to include all details and the parties.  

2.  Log the Zander Eaton proceeding.  For video see the links to the right.  You must log the time and meter shown on the video.  Do not make up any times or meter numbers.  The times and meters must be accurate for your transcript to reflect proper parenthetical times.  


Remember, you are looking for those elements of logging listed in the manual. This hearing is in military time. You do not have to convert the time.


3.  Use the scoring listed below determine that you have all the elements covered in logging this proceeding.  We urge that you proof yourself to understand the areas that you may need more assistance.  We can also pair you up with another student or a member of the MECRA education team for proofing.  You may email the results to  


Note:  It is one point per item.  It is required to get all details in each item for one point. 



  1. Opening meter/beginning comments/case intro/meter/time

  2. Witness sworn/time/meter

  3. Witness's name (spelled correctly)

  4. Examination by the Court/time/meter  
    Example:   (9:00  /  Meter 1200 / Examination by the Court)

  5. Objection/by whom/grounds/ruling

  6. Recess/time/meter

  7. Reconvened/time/meter

  8. Examination by Ms. Clapp/time/meter (must have attorney name written) Example:   (9:05  /  Meter 1234 / Examination by Clapp)

  9. Examination by Mr. Burnett/time/meter  
    Example:   (9:10  /  Meter 1300 / Examination by Burnett)

  10. Exhibit 1 marked/time/meter

  11. Exhibit 1 admitted/time/meter

  12. Witness excused/time/meter (most common item missed - do not forget)

  13. Log notes throughout (be sure to use Q & A in notes along with " / " breaking up log notes - See sample attached

  14. Proceedings concluded/time/meter


Additional notes:  Be sure to complete the heading page, page numbers on each page, P#'s, all party information, and a key.  (See example)


Practice, practice, practice! 

Practice typing and submit results 

In the matter of Zander Eaton

This is a simulated audio and video that mirrors the same experience for your examination at Lansing Community College.

Step 1 - Download the video for review on your computer

Note:  There is no software required to view this video.

Step 2 - Download FTR & Audio

Note:  The web player version is not recommended for transcript.

Step 3 - Log and then Transcribe Practice Transcript (CER transcribe only)

Step 4 - Self-proofing of Transcript and Log Sheets

Additional training material:

We recommend that you should prepare several logs and transcripts prior to taking your exam.  Be sure to review the standards set forth in Section 4 and Section 5 of the Court Reporter Manual.  

If you have never typed or logged a court proceeding, we also recommend that you attend our Typing and Logging Labs.  The hands on experience along with instruction from Certified Court Recorders (CERs) is extremely valuable. 

Here are a few more options to assist you in your studies:


We will also provide proofing by one of our educators upon your request.

Just email us at

Legal and Latin Terminology

Briefly view these videos.  You can practice terminology with our flash cards and games under the video buttons.

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