How Do Bookmarks in Digital Legal Briefs Help the Court?

A bookmark provides an automated link between citations in a brief and key materials of record for a case. Bookmarks and internal hyperlinks work together to provide readers easy access to resources related to a case with a simple, direct link within the brief.

Many states, including California, require bookmarks for navigation in court documents at the Supreme and Appeals court levels. In digital legal briefs, bookmarks are a key feature, especially for navigating large, complex cases with numerous citations and record documents.

Bookmarks provide faster brief navigation

The ABA recommends the use of bookmarks so that readers can easily find and read sections of interest to them using the side panel outline of a brief. Bookmarks match the section titles and headings within a brief, allowing readers to easily skip to sections they want to read.

When you use TypeLaw automated brief formatting, bookmarks are automatically inserted with corresponding section titles and headings. TypeLaw digital briefs also include bookmarks in the appendix, which is extraordinarily helpful for judges navigating through hundreds (or even thousands) of pages of the appendix for a single brief. In addition, TypeLaw briefs can be edited at any time, and bookmarks will be seamlessly added for new citations, as necessary. 

Automating bookmark creation saves lawyers time

Manually creating bookmarks can be very time-consuming, depending on the length of the brief, and automating the process provides valuable time back to lawyers and staff preparing for a case.

Bookmarks are a key piece of the digital evolution of legal documents, as more judges move away from printing paper briefs and migrate to using electronic devices to read digital briefs. More importantly, a wealth of information is available in just a click to the judge reading the electronic brief.

Bookmarks help court staff stay organized

A well-organized digital brief saves the court time when they need to find the most important elements of an argument for a case, especially when both judges and attorneys are juggling multiple cases at any given time. Court staff can easily search the bookmarks of a digital brief to find items to create court orders and other record documents for a case.

As more aspects of the legal world move to the digital space, maintaining easy-to-use files is crucial, and bookmarks help the court and attorneys keep order in a busy space.

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