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


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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What's being said

  • 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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