The Appellate Law Journal
Volume 3 | Issue 1 | 2015

The Appellate Law Journal focuses exclusively on rules, practices and procedures of federal and state appellate courts nationwide. Edited by the appellate experts at Counsel Press, The Appellate Law Journal is designed to provide a forum for creative thought about the procedural aspects of appellate practice and to disclose best practices, strategies and practical tips.
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Inside This Issue:

Electronic Filing in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Live in 2015!
After much anticipation, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania looks to finally implement electronic filing in 2015. The PACFile system went online in 2012, and has been utilized by both the Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court for the past year. The Superior Court’s utilization of the system now makes it standard for appellate filings statewide.

Appellate Brief Writing: Five Briefs to Avoid
When an attorney inevitably finds himself or herself against a deadline to file a brief, the rush to get the job done often has adverse consequences. Here, at CP Legal Research Group, we have assisted thousands of attorneys with their briefs. We frequently see the results of a looming deadline and inadequate time to provide the required focus on the brief. This article describes five briefs that appellate practitioners should avoid, even when faced with a filing deadline.

Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure: Did You Appeal From a Final Order?
A common problem arises when, after filing a Notice of Appeal, you receive a Rule to Show Cause notice from the Superior Court asking if the order appealed was final. This notice usually arrives after the court reviews the docketing statement. There are some steps to take on how to avoid this extra task.

Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure: What is the Purpose of the Docketing Statement?
A common question arising with Superior Court appeals is the purpose of the docketing statement. This is a form document sent by the Superior Court after a notice of appeal is filed, and is required to be completed and returned within 10 days. The stated purpose is to enable the Court to “more efficiently and expeditiously administer the scheduling of argument and submission of cases on appeal.” But what does that mean?

Video: The Art of Appellate Services
To celebrate our fifth consecutive win in the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings, we are releasing the following video that highlights the Art of Appellate Services and celebrates the best team in the business. We thank our clients and the legal community, at large, for their votes!

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