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Court Approves Rule Changes Related to Word Count Limits on Motions for Reconsideration

The Court approved changes to Rule 24(f)(1) Electronic Filers and Rule 37(a) Motions for Reconsideration effective September 20, 2017. Added language is in Bold.


24(f)(1) Electronic Filers.

Except upon written motion filed with the Clerk and approved by the Court, briefs and responsive briefs shall be limited to 8,400 words in civil cases or 14,000 words in criminal cases. Supplemental briefs, motions for reconsideration, responses to motions for reconsideration and appellant's reply briefs shall be limited to 4,200 words. Each submission must contain the following certification just above the signature block of the submitting attorney. “This submission does not exceed the word count limit imposed by Rule 24.” The person signing the certificate may rely on the word count of the word-processing system used to prepare the brief.


Rule 37(a). Motions for Reconsideration.

Motions for reconsideration shall be prepared in accordance with Rule 24, Preparation of Briefs. Motions for reconsideration and responses to motions for reconsideration shall be limited to 4,200 words. Each submission must contain the following certification just above the signature block of the submitting attorney. “This submission does not exceed the word count limit imposed by Rule 24.” The person signing the certificate may rely on the word count of the word-processing system used to prepare the brief.