California Judicial CouncilThe California Rules of Court have been amended to stop unnecessary filings, to the relief of trees everywhere.

Rule 3.1113(i) of the California Rules of Court has eliminated the requirement that paper copies of non-California authorities (e.g., federal cases) be lodged with the court when cited in a brief or memorandum.  Now, if the court or opposing counsel wants to receive these authorities, they need to ask.  As can be seen in the rise of e-filing and online legal research, this is yet another move in the legal field toward the elimination of paper as technology expands the resources of the lawyers and courts alike.

This welcome change not only saves trees, it also reduces everyone’s burden and storage problem.