- Federal Appendix
The "Federal Appendix" is a
case lawreporter published by West Publishing. It publishes judicial opinions of the United States courts of appealsthat have been not been selected for publication. Such "unpublished" cases are ostensibly without value as precedent. However, the Supreme Court made a change to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedurein 2006. Now, Rule 32.1 says that federal circuit courts are not allowed to prohibit the citation of unpublished opinions issued on or after January 1, 2007.
Opinions of the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits are not included in the "Federal Appendix", because those courts do not provide their "unpublished" opinions to any publisher. "Published" opinions of the U.S. courts of appeals are published in the "
The "Federal Appendix" organizes court opinions within each volume by the date of the decision, and includes the full text of the court's opinion. West editors add headnotes that summarize key principles of law in the cases, and Key Numbers that classify the decisions by topic within the
West American Digest System.
Over 150 hardbound volumes of the "Federal Appendix" have been issued since it began publication in 2001. It is cited to as F. App'x
There is debate within the legal community about the desirability of designating certain judicial opinions as without precedential value. [See Scott E. Gant, "Missing the Forest for a Tree: Unpublished Opinions and New Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1," 47 Boston College Law Review 705 (2006) [http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/lawreviews/meta-elements/journals/bclawr/47_4/bclr_47_4_web.pdf] ]
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