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DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE

The printing of an appellate court brief is a complicated and technical process. Your document must conform to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) which specifies a myriad of requirements. On top of that are layered complex Circuit Local Rules which often augment or countermand the procedures laid out in FRAP. The failure to conform with the rulebook often leads to the rejection and non-docketing of the party’s case or documents. Nearly equally as bad, sometimes a filing can be accepted by the clerk of court, but the document looks substandard when reviewed by the Judges.

FederalCourt.Press provides a stress-free appellate court printing and filing experience. The net of all of these requirements is that it is exceptionally difficult to execute, as well as time intensive and stressful.

This is just a short sample of the Federal printing requirements:

Common Compliance Issues
Content Problems
  • Specific content that must be included, as well as content that should be omitted.
  • The order of content.
  • A specific manner of placing table of contents and authorities.
  • Content that is disfavored for inclusion.
  • Appendix requirements.
Jurisdictional and Legal Requirements
  • Unique methods of invoking jurisdiction depending on the origin of case and type of case.
  • Specific items that must be included either in the appendix or by reference to invoke jurisdiction.
  • Conflict of interest and ownership disclosures.
Formatting Requirements
  • Appendix formatting, indexing, and page numbering
  • Fonts
  • Spacing
  • Margins
  • Footnote formatting
Printing Requirements
  • Required paper quality
  • Required cover stock and cover color
  • Paper trimming
  • Binding requirements
Service Requirements
  • Physical service requirement on the Court
  • Physical service requirements on opposing counsel
  • Electronic service
  • Proof of service
  • Certificate of Word Count

Note: FederalCourt.Press and Supreme Court Press does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. If you need legal advice on a specific matter, please contact a lawyer. The Supreme Court Press Does not calculate legal deadlines. It is the client’s sole responsibility to manage and meet their deadlines.

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