A 12,500-Word Limit is Too Brief For Some Appellate Lawyers

Proposal to reduce the 14,000-word maximum draws criticism.

, The National Law Journal

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Lawyers often push for as much time as they can get to argue an appeal. When the red light flashes, signaling time is up, some lawyers keep going — until a judge tells them to stop. So it's probably no surprise that a proposal to cut the number of words that lawyers get to make their case in court briefs drew strong reactions.

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  • Bob Soltis, Retired ALJ

    How sad that so few of the "opinions" used plain English or elevator pitched their point.

  • Boulder geist

    Who are they kidding??? Appellate judges don‘t READ the briefs in 95% of cases -- just one-sentence summaries given to them by staff.

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