Court of Appeals modifying opinion and order format

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Beginning Monday, opinions and orders issue from the Indiana Court of Appeals will look different.

The court announced Tuesday it has adopted a new “reader-friendly” format for all opinions and orders that uses larger typeface, paragraph numbering for easy reference and line spaces instead of indents to mark new paragraphs.

Each element of the new format will also build an underlying structure into all opinions and orders, which is important for some assistive technologies that “read” documents aloud for users, according to the court.

The news release issued by the COA illustrates the new format developed by the State Court Administration.

“Mobile devices and computers are the coin of the realm for news and information,” Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “It makes sense to respond to that reality with an opinion format that’s easy to read on paper or screen.”    

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