Supreme Court Votes to Allow Citation to Unpublished Opinions in Federal Courts
Law.com reports that Supreme Court Votes to Allow Citation to Unpublished Opinions in Federal Courts
The Supreme Court on Wednesday adopted a historic rule change that will allow lawyers to cite so-called unpublished opinions in federal courts starting next year. The new rule takes effect unless Congress countermands it before Dec. 1. . .
Under the new rule, circuits will still be able to give varying precedential weight to unpublished opinions, but they can no longer keep lawyers from citing them -- in the same way lawyers cite rulings from other circuits or other authorities, such as law review articles.