Your Questions, Answered: eBriefs & Hyperlinks
How long does it take?
Typically, you will receive a draft to review within 24-48 hours, depending on the scope of the project. Most projects are completed within 24-72 hours of beginning work. We can certainly accommodate requests to prepare eBriefs on an expedited basis and routinely complete projects in less than 24 hours.
When do I turn in my eBrief?
Typically, most judges and arbitrators will request that a hyperlinked version be submitted within a few days after you have filed the brief. In rare instances, you may be asked to submit the brief and hyperlinked version at the same time, but this is unusual and requires a little more advanced planning. If you haven’t specifically received a request for a hyperlinked brief, we recommend submitting within 2-4 days following the actual filing.
Can I make changes to the brief after I send it to you?
Yes and no. We strongly recommend that you not have us begin work until the brief is filed. In instances where text changes are required, we may be able to easily adjust links for minor changes; however, if significant changes are needed such as moving or adding large blocks of text, some re-linking may be required. If we encounter typos or other errors during the linking process, we will typically simply direct the link to the correct location rather than changing the text.
How specific are your hyperlinks?
In short, our links are as specific as your citations. We direct all links to the specific page, paragraph or section cited. Transcript links are directed to the page/line cited for full-page transcripts, and to the top of the page for condensed transcripts. Legal authority cites are directed to the pin cite. We can also direct those links to the specific quotes; however, additional costs will apply.
How do I get you my materials, and what exactly do I need to provide?
We try to make the process a simple as possible, and all files, proofs and final versions are transferred electronically via our (or your firm’s if you prefer) secure file transfer system. All files should be sent as PDFs or in their native format if you would like to link to other types of files (Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
Are the documents highlighted?
In certain instances it may make sense to highlight key portions of your cited documents. We recommend that the law firm highlight the documents prior to sending to Strut Legal so that the links can be directed to the highlighted portion. Alternatively, the documents may be highlighted at the proof stage after the initial linking has been done.
Can you create hyperlinks to other types of files?
Of course! If you cite to other types of files, we can direct the links to open those items in their native format. We regularly link to Excel, PowerPoint, and various types of video formats.
How do I know if my judge will accept a hyperlinked brief?
It is rare that a judge will decline an offer to make his/her life easier. However, if there is an instance where you aren’t certain your eBrief will be accepted, we offer a risk-free guarantee. Your team will not incur any charges if you submit an eBrief and the judge then issues a written refusal to accept it. This has never actually happened, as the judges/clerks to whom we have submitted have historically been receptive and positive in their feedback. However, we offer this as a way to negate any risk for your team.
How do I get the final product to the court/arbitrator(s)?
There are three primary ways to deliver your eBrief: 1) CD/DVD; 2) USB drive or 3) Via electronic link from a secure file transfer system. Typically, the law firm will prepare the final media; however, Strut Legal can do this upon request and ship the final deliverable for you
My links aren’t working?
From time to time, we will receive a panicked call that the eBrief isn’t functioning correctly. Typically, this is due to one of two things. Once the eBrief is downloaded, it must be unzipped/extracted in order for the links to function. If this step is skipped, you will run into trouble. Additionally, you must view the eBrief using Adobe Reader and will likely have problems if you are using Nuance or another PDF reader. Click here to download complete instructions for unzipping and navigating your eBrief.
Do you ever support both sides?
Strut Legal does not consider e-briefs to represent a conflict of interest, and we are routinely asked to support multiple parties. In such instances, all client information and case-related material is kept strictly confidential.
Can’t I make my own eBrief or have my in-house team handle it?
You certainly can; however, do you really want to? We suspect you and your team have other more pressing responsibilities, and we are confident we can handle your project more quickly, cost-effectively, and with far fewer headaches than if you try to handle it on your own. This is what we do all day, every day, and frankly, we are the best.