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How To Format Your Supreme Court Briefs For Filing

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Whether you need to format your own brief documents for the United States Supreme Court or you hire a professional service to do the formatting for you, you need to understand how it's done in order to ensure it's completed correctly.

It's possible to hire a professional Supreme Court printing service to do this for you, but the more you understand the process, the better. Here is how these documents need to be formatted.

Word Count Limits

U.S. Supreme Court briefs have word count limits that must be followed. The word count limit will change depending on the type of filing you are making. They can range from the high thousand words to tens of thousands of words. It's best to check with your Supreme Court printing service to verify that your brief meets the required word limit. You can also check with the Supreme Court's own website to ensure you don't go over the correct word count for your brief.

Word counts must be verified by using a certificate that is signed by the attorney, a party not involved in the briefing, or by the person who created the brief. The third party that verifies your document can be your Supreme Court printing service.

Also, the Supreme Court uses founts in the Century family for its briefs. You may find that if you use a different font, the brief will be rejected by the Supreme Court.

Binding Of The Document

There are certain binding requirements you must follow for your Supreme Court brief as well. They must be placed into a bound booklet format cut to the regulated sheet size. You must use unglazed paper with specified margins. The text portion of the document itself may not exceed specified widths either. Your Supreme Court printing service can verify that your briefs meet these requirements.

The binding needs to be saddle-stitched and stapled by the center spine. This type of binding is most commonly found in pamphlets. It can also be bound like a printed book with what is known as perfect binding.

The briefs must have a color-coded cover as well. This specific color-coded cover can help law clerks and judges quickly see what the brief is referring to such as a petition for a Writ or a petition for a re-hearing.

If your document does not have the correct color on the binding, it will be rejected by the Supreme Court.