Typos, Handguns, and Tequila

Whenever I do a presentation on document management I always include materials on both the benefits and dangers of computer software and electronic court filing. Quite appropriately for Cinco de Mayo ABAJournal.com posts on an incident that adds to my “warning” file and uses tequila in the process. It involves an attorney who used a wrong event code when using ECF resulting in his appeal notice appearing to be filed late. Fortunately, as reported by the post:

The 7th Circuit gave Moran a pass, saying there are bound to be mistakes as lawyers become accustomed to e-filing. But in a warning to other e-filers, the court referred to a “not so old adage” quoted in another opinion: “A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history—with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.”

I think this is the right decision, but this post still goes into the Consequences of Sloppiness category. One problem with sloppiness is that you have to sweat bullets while waiting for the problems to be solved even when the outcome is good. While this involved an attorney rather than a paralegal, it could happen to anyone operating without a double-check system in place – and more often than not that “anyone” is a paralegal.

The  real surprise here is that the court believes the tequila can lead to mistakes. I was totally unaware of this.

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