Here’s a funny one from the Smoking Gun: Judging By His Handwriting
MARCH 14–It seems that there is a serious penmanship problem with lawyers filing documents in Mississippi’s Eighth Circuit Court. So much so that the presiding judge there issued the below order warning attorneys that the court clerk would now reject pleadings and motions containing illegible signatures. The judicial order, filed February 3, will be enforced by clerks in four Mississippi counties: Leake, Neshoba, Newton, and Scott.
Now here’s the funny part: We defy you to make out the signature of the judge who issued the handwriting order.
A copy of the opinion appears at the Smoking Gun.
Source: Law Librarian Blog
PACER is now offering free access to opinions in federal district courts using CM/ECF version 2.4 or higher. CM/ECF is the Federal Judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files System.
This applies to the Eastern District of Wisconsin which uses CM/ECF Version 2.5. The Western District of Wisconsin, however, apparently does not use the CM/ECF system.
The opinions are available under the “Reports” menu in PACER. You may also access opinions via existing reports and queries, such as the docket report. You will not be billed for accessing the written opinion document itself, but will be billed for the report or query used to identify the document.
Note that PACER only provides free access to opinions filed after the court is actively using version 2.4. Earlier opinions may be subject to fees.
An interesting article on courtroom technology appears in Law.com’s Small Firm Business. The author describes various technologies being used in the courtroom today and the benefits of a paperless presentation.
Source: Legal Technology Blog
The Smoking Gun reports that “in what is surely a first for the federal judiciary, a Texas bankruptcy judge has quoted from the Adam Sandler film canon in a recent opinion. Dismissing a motion due to ‘incomprehensibility,’ Judge Leif Clark cited a scene from ‘Billy Madison,’ Sandler’s 1995 comedy, in a footnote to a February 21 court order.”
“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
Ouch. See a complete copy of the Order Denying Motion for Incomprehensibility at The Smoking Gun.
The Winter 2006 edition of The Third Branch is now available. The Third Branch is a quarterly publication providing news of interest to the Wisconsin Court System.
– Evaluation of caseload statistics
– Update on judicial compensation
– Opening of new Dane County Courthouse