COA Templates for Your Home Computer
About the COA Templates
The Court of Appeals (COA) has templates that you can use to create Court documents using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010. There is one template for creating reports and another template for creating opinions. Each template provides the necessary document structure and helps to ensure that the documents conform to the approved format for the Court. Each template includes options for caption type, standard language, and all of the tools that you will need each time you open Word and start a Court document.
COA staff attorneys, contract attorneys, interns and externs who prepare reports and opinions for the Court are expected to use these templates.
Instructions for Template Use on a Windows-based computer with Word 2007 or Word 2010
Click the link below to open the COA Template Installation Guide, then follow the instructions to download and install the templates.
If you previously installed the templates on your computer, you must first uninstall the original template package. If you do not uninstall that package, you will likely encounter errors.
- Choose Start, Control Panel, and locate the option to either Uninstall a Program or Add/Remove Programs (depending on your version of Windows).
- Within the list, select COATemplates and click Uninstall or Remove.
- When done, close any Control Panel windows.
Once the templates have been installed on your home computer, detailed instructions on how to use the templates are available in a new Court of Appeals folder created in the Documents folder on your computer.
Instructions for Documents on a Mac computer
with Word 2008 or 2011
We are unable to provide templates with a complete set of tools for Mac computers. However, we can provide structured "blank" documents as a start point for your reports and draft opinions.
You can customize these documents to further suit your needs. For instance, each report document is designed for three issues. If you need more than three issues, you can copy and paste within the report to include additional items. If you do not need all of the issues or other items included, you can remove the unnecessary placeholders within the starting document.
Download the zip file to your computer and unzip its contents. To begin a new report or draft opinion, open a sample document from the downloaded document set, enable editing, rename it in accordance with Court conventions, and make adjustments as needed.
COADocumentsMAC.zip (as of 12/12/2012)