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(Updated 5/21/2003 in accordance with 2003 OK CR 9)
(Updated 8/26/2014 in accordance with 2014 OK CR 10)


Rule 3.13 Opinions; Definition of Votes

A. Filing Opinions. Opinions may be by Summary Opinion form, memorandum or of such length and detail as the Court determines. See Sections 48 and 49 of Title 20; Johnson v. State, 1993 OK CR 11, 847 P.2d 810. All opinions delivered by the Court shall, immediately upon the delivery thereof, be handed to the Clerk to be recorded, and it shall be the duty of the Clerk to mail copies to all interested parties when recorded.

B. Effective September 1, 2014, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals will become the official publisher of decisions of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. The Oklahoma State Courts Network at www.oscn.net shall be the repository of official versions of the published decisions of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Such decisions will become official, and may be used as authority, when the mandate in the matter has issued and/or upon placement of the Court?s official seal at the beginning of the decision when filed with the Clerk of this Court.

C. Definitions of Votes.

(1) Concur.--The voting judge agrees with both the rationale and result reached in the opinion.

(2) Specially Concur.--The voting judge agrees with the rationale and result reached, but would like to add specific authority or explanation to the rationale used in the opinion.

(3) Concur in Results.--The voting judge agrees with the result reached in the majority opinion, but does not agree with the rationale used.

(4) Concur in Part and Dissent in Part.--The voting judge agrees with the rationale and/or the result of a particular issue(s) in the opinion, but disagrees with the rationale and/or the result of other issue(s).

(5) Not Participating.--The judge has not participated in the vote on the decision.

(6) Recused.--The judge has elected to disqualify himself/herself from participating in the vote or the case.

(7) Dissent.--The voting judge disagrees with the rationale and result reached in the majority opinion.


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