eBriefs: How They Enhance Your Appellate Filing

Raymond E. Harmon In one form or another, eBriefs have been around for twenty plus years on the market. As you can imagine, the technology/presentation has evolved dramatically over the years. From 16-bit software applications all the way through today’s custom PDF filings, eBrief remains one of the most powerful tools for your appeal.

Since launching an eBrief tool in the 90’s, Counsel Press has remained at the forefront of this technology. Counsel Press CP eBrief™ transforms a paper brief, with boxes of exhibits, into a single electronic, hyperlinked digital PDF format that is text-searchable. Submission to the court is flexible and can be uploaded or filed on a media specific to the individual court rules. CP eBrief™ integrates your legal arguments with case citations, transcripts, exhibits, pleadings and audio/video clips, making it into a streamlined presentation tool that is easy for the court to navigate and understand.

eBriefs are widely accepted and even requested at all judicial levels as judges realize the advantages they offer, in terms of efficiency and accuracy. Lawyers understand that this technology improves the chances of having their full legal argument reviewed and more easily understood by the court. More understanding offers more opportunity to advance a winning argument.

In a past article, I have discussed the varied “types” of links included in an eBrief. Please review that article here for a more detailed explanation of linking options and how they might affect your appeal.

Some basic eBrief questions:

What is an electronic brief?
Once your traditional filing is written, Counsel Press converts it into digital format and adds links to all evidence, legal material and other supporting references. The links can be color-coded by type of target document for easy identification. Blue links refer the end-user to case law and statutory material. Red links bring the end-user to exhibits and transcripts. Simply click on a link and the supporting document appears on the computer screen right next to the main document. Navigation between documents is controlled using customized bookmark tools accessing key documents in the case.

How effective are eBriefs?
Short of sitting next to the judges, and since the supporting material is often buried in massive appendices or exhibits, the eBrief is the only way you can direct the end-user to specific references, pages, paragraphs and even individual transcript lines. Every reference can be immediately viewed in context with the click of a mouse. Easy access to citations improves the likelihood of review and comprehension. Evidence supporting your arguments will be reviewed in context, making its impact immediate. There is no delay in finding the reference in the stacks of paper or hundreds of individual entries on the electronic record.

eBriefs are not limited to cases with large or complex matters. You might find only certain elements are needed to enhance your filing or one critical reference should be linked. Counsel Press offers different levels of electronic file preparation to suit your particular needs and budget. We can also create a custom package for you. Just tell us what you need or point us to the court you’re filing in, and we’ll take it from there.

With our court system slowly transitioning into the digital realm, why not rely on the expertise of Counsel Press’ proven services?

If you’d like more information regarding Counsel Press’ eBrief services, please contact John Kruesi, Esq. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to view a video demonstration of Counsel Press’ eBrief capabilities.

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