The federal judiciary's policy-making board endorsed Tuesday a sweeping rule change that would allow lawyers to cite unpublished opinions in federal appeals courts nationwide as of 2007, ending a practice that brought charges of a hidden justice system against major appellate courts. The Judicial Conference also voted not to take a position on whether the 9th Circuit should be split in two. But members agreed to oppose any circuit-splitting bill that does not provide adequate funding to cover costs.
Judicial Conference Supports Citing Unpublished Opinions
September 21, 2005