Performance of the Courts of Appeal

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 3: TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC TRUST


Objective

3.2 To facilitate public access to decisions of the courts of appeal.

Intent of the Objective

The decisions of the courts of appeal are public records. The courts of appeal should make their decisions available promptly to litigants, judges, attorneys, and the public, whether in printed or electronic form. Prompt and easy access to decisions reduces errors in other courts due to misconceptions regarding the position of the courts.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to facilitate public access to decisions.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010682549What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to facilitate public access to decisions?Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to facilitate public access to decisions.
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Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to facilitate public access to decisions.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
1st Circuit
The First Circuit maintained a merchant account for the public to use Visa and Mastercard to order copies of court documents via EClerk on the First Circuit website. The court maintained the posting of decisions on writ applications to the court's website. Cases not released on public decision days were issued (via ENotification, web posting, and regular mail) by the Clerk's Office on the same day they were received from the panel.
2nd Circuit
Second Circuit news releases are immediately transmitted to subscribers to the news alert service. In addition, court decisions are provided electronically to three (3) publishing companies.
ResponseResponse_Court
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective2 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below:5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Developed or maintained guidelines for handling sealed records and exhibits5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Did not address this objective0
Installed or maintained effective technological means for storing, archiving, and retrieving the court's files and records5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Kept photocopies and other publication costs at reasonable levels5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Maintained sufficient staff, especially in the file room, to facilitate public access to opinions5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Promptly issued media releases on opinions and decisions2 courts (2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit)
Published opinions, rules, etc. on the court's website5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)

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