A word to the wise on hyperlinks

Photo credit:  IvanWalsh.com per Creative Commons License.

Photo credit: IvanWalsh.com per Creative Commons License.

In the District of Nebraska, we have been all in from the beginning when it comes to electronic case filing (CM/ECF).  The same commitment applies to digital recording as a way of making the record–a record that frequently becomes immediately available on CM/ECF (at little or no cost) to the bench, the bar and the public.

Additionally, for some time now, at least three of the Nebraska federal judges (Judge Gerrard, Judge Zwart and RGK) have also decided to include hyperlinks to cases and to court filings (like affidavits)  in all or most of their opinions and orders. In the relative near future, lawyers will be required to use hyperlinks as well.

The requirement that lawyers use hyperlinks will not happen overnight, but it will happen.   The technology is simple and inexpensive.   Most importantly, the ability to instantly put your finger on a reference is invaluable to the reader.

Whether I was a solo practitioner or a member of a mega firm, if I had a federal case, I would start thinking right now about using hyperlinks whenever allowed.*  Pretty soon you will have no choice–and that will be a significant leap forward.


*Read the local rules.  See, e.g.,  NECivR 10.1(a)(4).

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