At the recent University of Texas Conference on State and Federal Appeals, Fifth Circuit Clerk Lyle Cayce gave a presentation about the Court that included a demonstration of a remarkable new technology. After an attorney files a brief, the Court has software that quickly adds hyperlinks for all case and record citations (which is the reason for the recent local rule change to standardize the form for record references). Those links are then available to the judges and staff on their computers and tablets. Among other implications, this new technology means that pre-argument, review of the record is no longer limited to the parties’ record excerpts.
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