Trial Court and Appellate Court - E-Filing Tips, Tricks, Pitfalls

Larry Wulkan and Stefan Palys

Arizona courts are in a transition period. For the vast majority of civil appeals, gone are the days of the paper briefs and appendices. And in Division Two, an appendix is prohibited. As to Superior Courts, most civil filings in Maricopa and Pima County Superior courts must be made through TruboCourt. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to understand how to draft and format a brief that best uses current technology. But knowing and complying with the applicable rules is not enough. In come instances, limitations on the court's systems may prevent a judge from actually viewing some of the information one might include in a filing that complies with the rules. Therefore, a practical understanding about the current systems each court uses is important.

The purpose of this article is to inform practitioners about the rules applicable to e-filings and to provide important information that does not appear in the rules but that will affect such filings. To gather this information, we have gone to the source, meeting with judges and court staff in the following courts: the Arizona Court of Appeals (Divisions One and Two), the Maricopa County Superior Court, and the Pima County Superior court. We also have confirmed our information with TurboCourt staff.

Before turning to the substance of e-filing, it is important to define these terms: bookmarks, links, and hyperlinks. Bookmarks appear as an electronic table of contents in the left margin of a PDF file. Clicking on a bookmarked heading will take the reader to the page on which the heading appears.

This article appears in the November issue of Arizona Attorney. View the entire article.

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