In an appeal from a summary judgment order, the Appellant must include all documents upon which the circuit court’s summary judgment decision was based. See Dachs v. Hendrix, 2009 Ark. 322, — S.W.3d — (2009) (per curiam) (holding that “an order of a circuit court cannot be reviewed for error when the addendum fails to include the documents on which the order was based.”).
An Appellant is required, for example, to include in his Addendum the motions and briefs supporting and opposing summary judgment. See Snowden v. JRE Investments, Inc., 2010 Ark. 80, — S.W.3d — (February 18, 2010) (per curiam). In an appeal from a summary judgment decision, those motions will be “essential to an understanding of the case.” See Snowden, supra; see also Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-2(a)(8).
Arkansas Supreme Court Rule 4-2(a)(8) provides the following concerning the Appellant’s Addendum:
The appellant’s brief shall contain an addendum after the signature and certificate of service. The addendum shall contain true and legible copies of the non- transcript documents in the record on appeal that are essential for the appellate court to confirm its jurisdiction, to understand the case, and to decide the issues on appeal. The addendum shall not merely reproduce the entire record of trial court filings, nor shall it contain any document or material that is not in the record.
While the rule provides that not every document from the record of trial court filings should be included in the Appellant’s Addendum, it is necessary to include all documents in the record “that are essential for the appellate court to confirm its jurisdiction, to understand the case, and to decide the issues on appeal.” Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-2(a)(8).