Ark appeals courts shun paper

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court and the state Court of Appeals have ended the practice of publishing their rulings in bound volumes. The move saves an annual $265,000 for the courts.

Other services may still publish bound volumes that include the opinions, but those won't be official versions. Court officials say there are plenty of safeguards to prevent the opinions from being altered by hackers. In a survey in 2003, the court asked judges and lawyers what they thought about electronic publishing of the opinions.

Most who opposed the change cited tradition. The courts' opinion have been placed online since 2006, but the printings only ended in July. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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