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3 Feb, 2023

Perfect Binding v. Saddle Stitching

2023-02-03T09:30:34-06:00February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , |

Cockle Legal Briefs is the leading filer of U.S. Supreme Court briefs.  The Court’s required booklet format is extremely specific and unusual.  And very few shops—or even general commercial printers—have the requisite expertise and equipment to prepare SCOTUS booklets. These briefs are printed onto a 6 1/8 by 9 1/4-inch page of at least 60-pound [...]

31 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—Fourth Circuit

2023-01-31T11:50:52-06:00January 31st, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

31 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—Third Circuit

2023-01-31T11:48:59-06:00January 31st, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

31 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—First Circuit

2023-01-31T11:47:39-06:00January 31st, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

30 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—D.C. Circuit

2023-01-30T13:52:30-06:00January 30th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

25 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—Second Circuit

2023-01-25T14:32:51-06:00January 25th, 2023|Tags: , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

25 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—Fifth Circuit

2023-01-25T13:43:37-06:00January 25th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

3 Jan, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—Ninth Circuit

2023-01-03T14:43:49-06:00January 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

30 Dec, 2022

Briefing in the Federal Courts

2022-12-30T13:17:59-06:00December 30th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

 The term "brief" originated from the Latin word "brevis," which means "short." Legal briefs are called briefs because they are more concise than other legal documents, like pleadings or legal memoranda. Generally speaking, they are meant to provide a summary of the legal issues and arguments involved in a proceeding, rather than a detailed analysis [...]

28 Dec, 2022

Pro Se Basics

2022-12-28T10:26:38-06:00December 28th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

 Are Pro Se Filers Treated Differently Than Lawyers? In general, pro se filers (individuals who represent themselves in a legal proceeding without the assistance of an attorney) are not treated differently than lawyers by the court. However, there are some differences in the way that pro se filers are expected to present their cases. For [...]