President (speaking as presiding officer)
MEMBER LT DOE
MBR (LT DOE):
Assistant Trial Counsel
Assistant Defense Counsel
Individual Military Counsel
Individual Civilian Counsel
Witness (when speaking but not answering a question
Accused (when speaking but not answering a question
on examination as a witness on his or her own behalf)
SLIPS OF THE TONGUE, FALSE STARTS
the presence of the court members, and the reporter
You must record the testimony of witnesses and
the remarks of court personnel and transcribe
verbatim all slips of the tongue, false starts,
interruptions, and pauses. When the person speaking
interrupts himself or herself or pauses, use two
hyphens to show this interruption; example:
Q. What did he tell you?
Well, I Im not really certain.
When the person speaking is interrupted by another,
use four hyphens to show this type of interruption;
Q. What did the commander tell you?
He told me that
DC: I object. What the commander said is hearsay.
Paragraph 49b of the MCM, in discussing the
duties of the reporter, states in part, It is the duty of
the reporter to include in the record everything that is
said or takes place in open sessions, hearings out of
will omit no portion of these proceedings from the
record. (Emphasis supplied.)
You must record such acts as a witness pointing to
the accused when identifying the accused, or any
other motion or movement of personnel in the
courtroom (other than spectators). Reporting these
reporters remarks is called ad libbing. Enclose your
remark in brackets, except SSEs, to show that it is a
reporters remark or an ad lib.
Report the swearing, opening, closing, recessing,
adjourning of the court, or the calling and excusing of
witnesses with SSEs. Notations by the reporter that
are required to be enclosed in brackets should
commence, if possible, on the same line or on the next
immediate line; for example: A. [Pointing in the
direction of the accused.] Thats him over there.
Insert other reporter notations, where brackets are
not required, two lines below the preceding line and
indent them two spaces from the left margin;
Lieutenant (junior grade) Hatch, the challenged
member, withdrew from the courtroom.