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Southern District testing inclusion of links in documents

February 14, 2014

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana announced this week that it is beginning a pilot program that will let the court and attorneys include active hyperlinks within e-filed and court-issued documents.

The first phase of the pilot program has the court issuing a limited number of entries and orders containing hyperlinks. The next and “most important” phase, according to the court, will involve a small group of attorneys e-filing documents with hyperlinks.

“When utilized by attorneys, hyperlinks in briefs and other court filings will provide quick, easy, and pinpoint access to particular sections of a case, or to specific filings in the court's record, adding another level of persuasion to their writing,” the court order says. “Hyperlinking will also be a great benefit to the Court, allowing Judges to quickly and easily review case-supporting materials.”

Once the pilot program has been tested and meets the court’s expectations, detailed information will be available for all attorneys to use in future filings.

The notice on the pilot project is available on the court’s website.

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