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17 Sep, 2018

Supreme Court Motion Practice

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00September 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Supreme Court Rule 21 governs motion practice, which often involves routine matters of procedure that don’t go to the merits of a case.  Counsel is advised to concisely state what relief is requested and the reason it should be granted.  These filings are either acted upon directly by the Clerk’s Office or forwarded to the Justices for [...]

9 Jan, 2018

Pro se filing at the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:13+00:00January 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Pro se is a legal term that comes from Latin, denoting “for oneself, or on one’s own behalf.” It means that an individual is representing him- or her-self in court, by choice, without the help of an attorney. Given the state of our economy and the rising costs of legal representation, it should come as no [...]

12 Jul, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Mailbox Rule

2019-03-18T18:47:16+00:00July 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

  Supreme Court Rule 29.2 – the Court’s Mailbox Rule – operates so that a document is filed if, on or before its due date, it is: Receivedby the Clerk; Shippedto the Clerk through the United States Postal Service using postmarked first-class mail (a commercial postage meter cannot be used); or Handedto a third-party commercial carrier for [...]

15 Jun, 2017

Choosing Your Shipping Methods with Supreme Court Rule 29

2019-03-18T18:47:16+00:00June 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Once a brief is finalized and ready for printing, one of the final decisions is the method of mailing for the service parties and the Court. Fortunately, Supreme Court Rule 29 provides the following straightforward guidelines for ensuring your document is filed and served in a timely manner. Filing The Court follows the mailbox rule–meaning [...]

14 Jun, 2017

Guide to Pro Se In Forma Pauperis Petitions

2019-03-18T18:47:16+00:00June 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

In forma pauperis (IFP) proceedings are those cases in which the Supreme Court allows an indigent party to file a petition for writ of certiorari without paying its $300 filing fee or preparing printed booklets (to learn about filing IFP Briefs in Opposition, click here). A petition worthy of certiorari is generally thought to contain [...]

1 Sep, 2016

How to Draft a Winning Pro Se Petition

2019-03-18T18:47:20+00:00September 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

  Petitioning the Supreme Court can be a daunting task.  Careless writing, poor formatting, and ignorance of the Court’s rules can significantly decrease the odds that your petition will be selected for review. Filing a brief fraught with errors makes it nearly impossible to win any appeal.  By developing a working knowledge of the essentials [...]

26 Jul, 2016

Booklet Format Brief in Opposition Checklist

2019-03-18T18:47:20+00:00July 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

  Pilots are required to learn and use checklists for every aspect of flight, from preparing for take-off to dealing with equipment malfunction. It was a checklist that helped Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeffery Skiles safely land their US Airways flight in the Hudson River after the plane's engines were damaged by a [...]

14 Jul, 2016

An In-Depth Look at Supreme Court Rule 14

2019-03-18T18:47:20+00:00July 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  The Supreme Court’s rules are complex. Even the most experienced practitioners sometimes need help understanding the particulars.  As the leading producer of Supreme Court briefs in the country, we are experts at managing the entire process of brief preparation, from consultation to filing. Our services include: Interpreting court requirements; Navigating complex filing rules; Expert [...]

7 Jul, 2016

Electronic “Filing” and the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:21+00:00July 7th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  Courts “often choose to be late to the harvest of American ingenuity," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., in the Supreme Court's 2014 year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary.  "Courts understandably proceed cautiously in introducing new information technology systems until they have fairly considered how to keep the information contained therein [...]

23 Jun, 2016

An In-Depth Look at Supreme Court Rule 29 – Filing and Service

2016-06-23T19:47:56+00:00June 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Sup. Ct. R. 29 governs the filing and service of Supreme Court documents.  Also known as the Court’s “mailbox rule,” Rule 29.2 operates so that a document is filed with the Court if, on or before the due date, it is: Received by the Clerk; Shipped to the Clerk through the United States Postal Service using postmarked [...]