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CHICAGO — The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has set up the first wiki Web site in the federal judiciary, allowing lawyers and judges to post and change notes on procedure and practice in the U.S. courts. Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook spearheaded the effort after taking the top post on the 7th Circuit last year, starting the site with contents from the Seventh Circuit Practioner’s Handbook and linking it to the court’s homepage at www.ca7.uscourts.gov. Karen Redmond, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Judicial Conference, echoed Easterbrook’s estimate that it’s the only wiki site in the federal court system. “The goal is to concentrate on procedure (in both the court of appeals and the district courts) but not to cover substance,” Easterbrook said in describing the site by e-mail. “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).” Easterbrook said that he encouraged U.S. district judges from his circuit, who met at an annual meeting in Milwaukee this week, to add their own pages to the site regarding their own local procedures or preferences. The wiki will welcome comments from lawyers across the nation because issues of federal practice, especially in the appellate courts, are common ones, he said.

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