First District Court of Appeal Goes Paper-less

The First DCA continues to be Florida’s leading court for ditching paper filing of briefs. This week, the court announced (.pdf of AO 10-3) its rollout schedule for electronic-only filing: Effective August 9, 2010, all papers that need to be filed in the First DCA may be filed electronically using its eDCA Portal, or by paper, but the court no longer wants both electronic and paper files. Starting September First, all documents should be filed in the First DCA electronically, by uploading a .pdf using the eDCA Portal.

I participated in a CLE not long ago where Judge Hawkes explained how the First DCA has implemented a paper-less system for doing its business. Most of the judges and their staff have double or even triple monitors on their computers, to allow them to view briefs, research, and their own work at the same time.

Congratulations to the First DCA on being a leader in appellate electronic filing!

When in Doubt, Cite the Record

I wouldn’t want to be the lawyer who not only lost the appeal with a PCA, but also got admonished for not following the rules and properly citing to the record. Fla. R. App. P. 9.210(b)(2), people. It’s not just for breakfast any more. Siforov v. HSCB Bank, USA, No. 3D08-2895 (Fla. 3d DCA July 28, 2010).