Performance of the Courts of Appeal

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016



1010682542Please provide us with at least one significant accomplishment and/or major strategy initiated or completed in FY 2015-2016 of which your court is especially proud.Significant accomplishments and/or major strategies initiated or completed in FY 2015-2016.
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Significant accomplishments and/or major strategies initiated or completed in FY 2015-2016.
1st Circuit
The court instituted a balanced approach to the filing of timely-submitted merits briefs. The court instituted a procedure whereby a litigant is allowed a reasonable opportunity to correct a clerical error on a timely-submitted merits brief. This procedure balanced the court's need for uniformity in the application of the rules to all litigants and the recognition that there is room for fairness in promoting judicial efficiency. The subject cases were able to more quickly move towards resolution with no impact on the merits of the cases before the court.
2nd Circuit
Information technology advances in the Second Circuit included a transition from Word Perfect to Microsoft Word software. Due to the multiple avenues utilized to train court personnel, the transition was smooth. Upgrading to Windows 10 is planned. Our in-house programmer continued to work with staff to develop a new case-management/document management system.
3rd Circuit
The court replaced the legacy phone system with new Avaya IP Office system. The Avaya IP Office system utilizes Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, which provides a lower cost phone solution than a traditional phone system. As the phone system is computer-based, many features which usually cost extra with a regular phone system, such as call forwarding, call waiting, and voicemail, are integrated into this system at no extra cost. The phones utilize our existing network wiring.
4th Circuit
This year the court hired a new director of central staff following the retirement of the longtime director. The new director has brought some new ideas, and a number of changes are being implemented to improve the efficiency of that office.
5th Circuit
The court made significant advancements in its eCourt system during this period. The court currently accepts electronic filings of all types and issues notices, orders and opinions electronically. The court now maintains electronic appellate records in all appeals for use internally by judges and staff, and provides parties and attorneys with electronic records upon request.

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