Is Link Rot Destroying Stare Decisis as We Know It? The Internet-Citation Practice of the Texas Appellate Courts

Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol 13, No. 2, Fall 2012

32 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2013

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Arturo Torres

Texas Tech University School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In 1995 the first Internet-based citation was used in a federal court opinion. In 1996, a state appellate court followed suit; one month later, a member of the United States Supreme Court cited to the Internet; finally, in 1998 a Texas appellate court cited to the Internet in one of its opinions. In less than twenty years, it has become common to find appellate courts citing to Internet-based resources in opinions. Because of the current extent of Internet-citation practice varies by courts across jurisdictions, this paper will examine the Internet-citation practice of the Texas Appellate courts since 1998. Specifically, this study surveys the 1998 to 2011 published opinions of the Texas appellate courts and describes their Internet-citation practice.

Keywords: link rot, Internet, citation, court opinion, Internet-base, Texas Appellate, courts

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Torres, Arturo, Is Link Rot Destroying Stare Decisis as We Know It? The Internet-Citation Practice of the Texas Appellate Courts (2012). Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol 13, No. 2, Fall 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2367516

Arturo Torres (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )

1802 Hartford Ave.
MS 0004
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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