7th Circuit proposes document filing rule changes

March 26, 2018

Streamlining the process of filing documents with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is the goal of a set of proposed changes to the court’s rules.

The proposed updates were announced Friday by Gino J. Agnello, clerk of the court. He said the new language is nothing more than a reflection of the modern realities of document transmission.

“In the old days of paper, you’d have a record for a case that was like a tractor-trailer worth of boxes, but all the court of appeals needed to see was … certain parts,” said Agnello. “The attorneys would go in and designate this and that (and send) a compressed version of the whole record. None of that needs to be done anymore, because we can access electronically the whole record.”

In addition, a series of more grammatical alterations have been made to the text, with instances of “shall” changed to “must.” Agnello said these substitutions were made in concert with nationwide trends regarding legal verbiage.

Written comments on the proposed rule changes should be sent by April 25 to: Advisory Committee c/o Clerk of Court United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604. Comments can also be emailed to USCA7_Clerk@ca7.uscourts.gov.




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