Appeal Books contain important information organised in a manner that helps move the court’s proceedings as planned. However, every court has a prescribed method in which Appeal Books must be collated and produced as hard copies and electronically.
Appeal Books include essential documents that judges consider when deciding on the appeal. Hence producing the Appeal Book precisely as mandated by the particular court is very important.
What goes into making a comprehensive Appeal Book?
1. Specialised understanding of the presiding court’s Appeal Book requirements
Every court has varied requirements for the style of indexing, pagination and finishing methods. The Appeal Book must also contain important information such as the reasons for judgement, pleadings, Notice of Appeal or Notice of Contention. It may need to include the transcripts from the lower court, affidavits, annexures and exhibits. Understanding the structure of the information flow is essential.
2. Precise review of data
Reviewing documents and ensuring they align in the correct order of the index. Examining discrepancies such as missing documents or pages as well as distorted pages.
3. Identifying production specifications
Determining general specifications such as indexing, cover pages, pagination, line numbering, finishing: single or double-sided, binding options and electronic requirements. Once the essential documents are compiled and the first draft is approved, the final copies are printed and bound as required by the client.
4. Generating an electronic Appeal book
The Appeal Book must also be compiled in an electronic format enabling the legal team to collaborate and exchange information easily. Increasingly the electronic version is becoming very important with the growing number of online/virtual hearings.
The specialised team at Law Image has extensive knowledge of what each court prescribes to produce accurate and comprehensive Appeal Books helping law firms achieve an advantageous outcome.
Law Image also supports online court hearings with our electronic Appeal and Court Books service. Documents are digitised and linked according to court requirements with the index for ease of use online. Additionally, our specialised team processes electronic files to enhance search capabilities through OCR (Optical Character Recognition).
Law Image supports Appeal and Court Book preparation for all jurisdictions, including the following:
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Supreme Court of Appeal
Industrial Relations Commission
Fair Work Australia
Family Court of Australia
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About Law Image: Law Image Services is a leading information management company. Our services include printing, copying, scanning, Appeal and Court book production, eDiscovery, on-site print rooms, eArchiving, court filing, and hard copy processing. We are headquartered in Melbourne and have offices in Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.