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Circuit Clerk Lists Top Lawyer Gaffes

With all the work that goes into preparing a federal appellate brief or motion, one outcome no lawyer wants is to have it rejected by the clerk on a procedural flub. But it happens. Now, as Bill Heinze notes today at his I/P Updates blog, the clerk's office of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has prepared lists of the top 10 reasons these documents are turned away. The clerk prepared the lists, a notice says, "in an effort to assist counsel in filing briefs and motions that comply with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure."

The reasons may surprise you. For instance, the No. 1 reason briefs get sent back is because the appendix has no proof of service. The second reason: "Footnotes are not printed in the same size font as the text of the brief." As for the top reasons for rejecting motions, the third most common is an incorrect case caption. This is astonishing. Don't law firms copy-edit these documents?

Read 'em and weep:

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 2, 2006 at 05:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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