Performance of the Courts of Appeal

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 2: TO PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW


Objective

2.3 To publish those written decisions that develop, clarify, or unify the law.

Intent of the Objective

The designation of judicial opinions as precedential authority is essential to achieving clarity and uniformity in the development of the law. The publication of these opinions provides an easy way for interested parties to ascertain the holdings of the court and the rationale for its findings, thereby promoting understanding of the law and reducing confusion.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to publish those opinions that develop, clarify, or unity the law.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010682517What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to publish those opinions that develop, clarify, or unity the law?Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to publish those opinions that develop, clarify, or unity the law.
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Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to publish those opinions that develop, clarify, or unity the law.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
1st Circuit
Individual First Circuit judges and panels conducted CLE courses regarding summary judgment law, best practices in appellate procedure, criteria for publication of cases, tips to improve brief writing, and to educate the legal community regarding the applicable jurisprudence and distinction between review on writs and review on appeal.
2nd Circuit
The Second Circuit disseminated opinions immediately to all those registered for the online notification service. This provides immediate access to the opinions.
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 standards for publication5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Did not address this objective 0
Distributed unpublished opinions to subscribers3 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit)
Met with district judges to address their concerns regarding the publication of opinions2 courts (3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit)
Posted unpublished opinions to the court's website4 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit)

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