Thursday, August 21, 2014

Proposal to shorten federal appellate briefs

Now that we're all comfortable with briefs of 14K words ... there's a proposal to amend the FRAP to trim that down to 12,500. Apparently, the 14K number was based on a mistake! (The 1998 amendments assumed one page was about 280 words, but a study of old briefs shows that 250 words per page is more accurate...) Also, another proposal would do away with the extra 3-day rule, now that e-services is well-established. Another proposal would amend FRAP 29 to add rules for amicus briefs at the rehearing stage.
See here and provide your feedback by Feb. 17, 2015 here.

You're Killin' Me Smalls!
Less length; less time...