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Court of Appeals

Tribunal de Apelaciones

If I get a memo opinion that I think should be made formal, is there anything I can do?

See the answer to question 23. A motion can always be filed, but the Court does not frequently grant these motions. A formal opinion takes much more time, both judge time and staff time, to craft and check for technical errors. While the judges are always satisfied that the result is correct, regardless of whether the opinion is to be published or unpublished, once they have made the decision to file an unpublished opinion, they must be presented with weighty reasons to change to a published opinion, which will likely involve much more work.

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