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Appellate practice and procedure often dictates the resolution of cases presented for review. Although procedural rules are not implemented in a vacuum, and the particular facts and legal questions raised by each case necessarily determine their application, an analysis of appellate practice provides a valuable tool in assessing judicial trends by portraying the judicial character in a manner that transcends the peculiar circumstances of a given case.

An evaluation of recent appellate practice reveals an increased emphasis on judicial economy and efficiency. During 1998, the Eleventh Circuit appeared aware of the necessity of providing practitioners, parties, and lower courts with guidance regarding appellate practice and procedure. This awareness translated into enhanced efforts to provide detailed and thorough analyses of the relevant rules and their peculiar nuances. This trend should educate current and prospective participants in the judicial process and promote effective and efficient judicial administration by providing advance notice regarding the impact of procedural rules.

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