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2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse

40 Foley Square

New York, NY 10007

(212) 857-8500

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • Established June 16, 1891
  • Chief Judge Katzmann
  • Active Judges 12
  • Senior Judges 13 Active
  • Circuit Justice Sotomayor

Circuit Judges

  • Debra Ann Livingston, Chief
  • Denny Chin
  • José A. Cabranes
  • Joseph F. Bianco
  • Michael H. Park
  • Peter W. Hall
  • Raymond J. Lohier, Jr.
  • Richard J. Sullivan
  • Rosemary S. Pooler
  • Steven J. Menashi
  • Susan L. Carney
  • William J. Nardini

Printing and Filing in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Located in New York, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals hears federal cases that arise from the federal district courts of Connecticut, the Eastern District of New York, the Northern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of New York, and Vermont. The Second Circuit has strict standards for the printing and filing of appellate briefs, and these standards differ from those of the other federal circuits. The starting point for a filling is, as always, the federal rules of Appellate Procedure. From there, the rules are modified by the local rules of the Second Circuit.

In addition to the Federal Rules, these are some Second Circuit Local Rules:
  • Six copies of each brief must be submitted along with one service copies to each party.
  • Six copies of each appendix volume must be submitted with one service copy to each party.
  • Local Rules require that the index to trial exhibits include a description of each item that describes its nature.
  • If the appendix exceeds 300 pages, then a Special Appendix must be produced which includes (1) orders, opinions, and judgments being appealed, and (2) the text, with appropriate citation, of any significant rule of law, including any constitutional provision, treaty, statute, ordinance, regulation, rule, or sentencing guideline. The Special Appendix may be an addendum at the end of a brief or a separately bound volume designated “Special Appendix”.
  • There are local rule cover requirements including that the case number be at least one inch high.


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2nd Circuit
District Covered:
  • District of Connecticut
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Northern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • District of Vermont

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