For legal professionals, even the most harmless of typos have to be proofread and eliminated.
The legal field has one of the strongest cases to be stringent on any typo as not only lawyers are affected but also their clients and their firms. And this is not just limited mainly to law firms since legal writing has a very broad audience, such as legislative professionals, the media, and so on. The simplest minutiae can be controversial.
One of the more contentious lawsuits against Obamacare is due to a typo in a specific clause that invalidated tax subsidies for an estimated 6.4 million American citizens. While the Supreme Court ruled favorably for Obamacare, Chief Justice John Roberts also chided the lawmakers for their negligence in drafting the law. Cases like these can show how simple errors in drafting can undermine a legal position.
There are also typos in a lighthearted note such as the one made in the case of Frazier v. Honeywell Pension and Savings Plan, et al. Part of the title in the filing included this: DEFENDANT’S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON LIABILITY ON ALL CUNTS OF THE SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT. While this is a lighter example compared to the Obamacare one, the effect on the professional career of whoever drafted it might not be as amusing.
Typos signify carelessness to most people, and that can mean many things. For clients, it might mean ignorance on how much important this particular case can be for them, and for judges, it might signify indifference that will make it hard for them to trust the legal professional in ensuring their citation is correct and their arguments are credible. Either way, there is loss of credibility even just for a simple typo once spotted.
Proofreading is a time-consuming task for most legal professionals. Despite the best intentions, errors can still creep up in a document no matter how many times it had been meticulously reviewed. And while proofreading helps train lawyers to be more attentive to detail, which is a useful trait in their career, it also consumes more time than necessary, which can be used on something else. As the Obamacare case has shown, it’s the simplest errors that can sometimes undo so much in the argument. Manual proofreading to eliminate basic typos can take multiple times and thus consume time in their work instead of having them focus on the actual content of their draft.
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