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7th Circuit Wiki a First for Federal Appeals Courts


A wiki has been created by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reportedly the first such user-friendly Web site created by any federal appeals court in the country.

The site is still being developed, but when it is fully up and running it will allow registered lawyers and judges to participate collaboratively in developing information about practice before the 7th Circuit. News of the wiki’s creation was first reported by the National Law Journal, and further disseminated by Robert J. Ambrogi on legaline.com.

“The goal is to concentrate on procedure (in both the court of appeals and the district courts) but not to cover substance,” 7th Circuit Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook, who spearheaded the wiki, told the NLJ. “We aren’t interested in comments about the meaning of ERISA or the Internal Revenue Code and will take down any pages that go beyond the scope of practice and procedure (including jurisdiction).”

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