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In a federal appealate court's de novo review, will the judges automatically examine all of the documents filed -- such as the arguments filed by both parties -- and then make their judgment independant of the one made by the lower court?
I know a brief has to be filed, but it surely is not going to have to substutute for the sum-total of all the previously-filed district court documents -- is it? That would seem impossible to cover so many pages of arguments, Law, etc. in such a small amount of space as is allowed in an appeal brief & reply.