We always try to help a new court reporting get started in the court reporting world. Not surprisingly, most new court reporters in New York City are not familiar with the appropriate procedures in picking up work from different court reporting agencies. Each agency has their own guidelines and their own thoughts on punctuation. Best to ask for a court reporting agency’s format or any guidance they can give you regarding how they like their transcripts prepared. Things that vary in different court reporting agencies are how many lines per page, margins and indentations for Q & A and colloquy. Most court reporting agencies like to have conformity in the way their transcripts. Plus I am sure the court reporting agency you are working for will appreciate your interest in using their format.