Today, the Eleventh Circuit reduced the requirements for its pilot record excerpt program. The program began as a pilot program in February 2006 in the Southern District of Alabama. Since that time, the program had slowly expanded to include other district courts within the jurisdiction of the Eleventh Circuit.
In March of this year, an email was sent to attendees of the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute requesting comment on the pilot record program. At that time, the email stated, "it appear[ed] possible that we might be on the precipice of a modification — if not an elimination — of the program." For now, it seems the program has not been eliminated. However, it has certainly been modified. Thanks to Chet Kaufman for emailing news of the change.
Earlier today, the court posted a notice on the top of its website that states:
Reduced Requirements for Record Excerpts Now in Effect for Most Appeals. Please see Electronic Records on Appeal Program for additional information.
The page linked above, the Electronic Records on Appeal Program page, is copied below as it currently looks:
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|In February 2006, with General Order 32, the Court implemented a pilot program in the Southern District of Alabama to determine whether the Court could conduct its business efficiently and without additional cost, while relieving certain district courts of the burden of providing paper copies of the record on appeal. Since that date, the program has been modified and expanded with General Order 33.
At the present time, and upon request by the respective district courts, the Court has approved participation by all district courts in the Court’s Electronic Records on Appeal Program, either as an on-going program or a pilot program:
ELECTRONIC RECORDS ON APPEAL PROGRAM INFORMATIONGeneral Order 39
“Appendix on Appeal” Requirements (June 2013)
Briefs Checklist - Electronic Records on Appeal Program (Revised June 2013)
Instructions for Preparing an Appendix (June 2013)
Appendix Checklist – Civil / Summary Judgment Cases (June 2013)
Appendix Checklist – Criminal Cases (June 2013)