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Diane Fremgen guest posts on the pagination of appellate records in the era of e-filing

Since July 1, 2016, circuit court clerks have been permitted to transmit documents and records electronically to the court of appeals. When that occurs, the court of appeals paginates the documents in the appellate record. Sometimes a document is shared among multiple appeals. Originally the system was designed to paginate a document permanently–one time. Therefore, in consolidated and companion cases, documents used in multiple circuit court records had incorrect pagination.

Pagination will now be unique to each appellate index. We are in the process of transitioning from permanent pagination to dynamic pagination to correct this problem. Users will now see red and blue pagination numbers on documents. The red numbers are the numbers that were permanently placed on the documents when the record was accepted. The blue numbers are the new dynamic pagination. In most cases, the red and the blue will be identical. On those documents where there was a problem with the pagination, the blue numbers are the correct numbers. You should use the blue numbers when you cite to the record.

Step 2 of this correction process is stripping off the permanent pagination from every document we have received since July. This process could take several weeks. Once it is completed, the blue numbers will be moved back to the center of the document and we will make them red again.

If anyone has any questions regarding this, please let me know. Again, thank you for your patience as we work to resolve some of the issues with the electronic record.

Thank you, Diane

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