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Published Opinions Released Tuesday, October 14, 2014. By statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books found in most law libraries.

Unpublished Opinions Released Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Unpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

Order Opinions Released Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Cases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved. 

 


Opinion Sets

Opinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them in your word processor. Follow the links and instructions below to do so. If you do not have Word 2000, download a free Word Viewer from Microsoft: Get Word Viewer

 

Click Here to Download Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Opinion Set in a Word 2010 format. (self extracting EXE file).

  1. Click the above link.
  2. Choose the "Open" option on the File Download screen.
  3. Choose the "Run WinZip" option and extract the files to a location of your choice.
  4. Open the extracted files using MS Word.

Click Here to Download Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Opinion Set in a Rich Text Format

  1. Click the above link.
  2. Choose the "Open" option on the File Download screen.
  3. Choose the "Run WinZip" option and extract the files to a location of your choice.
  4. Open the extracted files.  

Click Here to Download Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

  1. Click the above link.
  2. Save the unzipped file to your computer.
  3. Choose the "Open" option on the Download Complete screen.
  4. Extract the files to a location of your choice. Windows and Macintosh users can use the free Alladin Expander to decompress the ZIP file.
  5. Open the extracted file.