by Blake Hawthorne, Clerk of the Court
Supreme Court of Texas
Here are the four eFiling problems our appellate courts most commonly encounter:
1. Briefs are scanned instead of being converted directly to PDF.
Too often, filers are scanning legal authorities to include in the appendix instead of converting directly to PDF. In fact, the rules state that a document may not be scanned and submitted unless it is not available in computer text format. Keep file sizes smaller by scanning only when necessary, because most justices use iPads and it can take a long time to download files using the iPad’s cellular network.
2. Appendix materials are not combined into one file with the brief they accompany.
The rules require that appendix materials be combined into one file with the document they accompany. The appendix must also be bookmarked using descriptive names such as Appendix A-Court of Appeals, or Appendix B-Trial Court Summary Judgment Order.
3. Scanned materials are not made searchable.
You can easily make a scanned PDF searchable using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat with OCR functionality. Learn More »
4. Appendix materials are not bookmarked.
In a recent survey of the appellate courts, 100% of the justices who had seen bookmarks said they were helpful, and 92% of the staff said the same. Bookmarks to the appendix should be descriptive (e.g. Appendix A-Court of Appeals’ Opinion instead of just Appendix A).