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Rule 26. Filing andserving briefs.

(a)Time to file and serve briefs. Theappellant must file andserve a principal brief within 40 days after date of notice from the appellatecourt clerk pursuant to Rule 13. If a motion for summary disposition of theappeal or a motion to remand for determination of ineffective assistance ofcounsel is filedafter the Rule 13 briefingnotice is sent, an appellant?s principal brief must be filed and served within 30 days from thedenial of such motion. The appellee, or in cases involving a cross-appeal, thecross-appellant, must file and serve a principal brief within 30 days after service ofthe appellant?s principal brief. In cases involving cross-appeals, theappellant must file andserve the appellant?s reply brief described in Rule24A(d) within 30 days afterservice of the cross-appellant?s principal brief. A reply brief may be filedand served by the appellant or the cross-appellantin cases involvingcross-appeals. If a reply brief isfiled, it must befiled and served within 30 days after the filing and service of the appellee?sprincipal brief or the appellant?s reply brief in cases involvingcross-appeals. If oral argument isscheduled fewerthan 35 days after the filing of appellee?s principal brief, the reply briefmust be filed at least 5 days prior to oral argument. By stipulation filed withthe court in accordance with Rule 21(a), the parties may extend each of suchperiods for no more than 30 days. A motion for enlargement of time need notaccompany the stipulation. No such stipulation will be effective unless itis filedprior to the expiration ofthe period sought to be extended.

(b) Numberof copies. For matters pending in the Supreme Court, eightpaper copies of each brief, one ofwhich shall contain an original signature, must be filed with theSupreme Court Clerk. For matters pending in the Court of Appeals, sixpaper copies of each brief, one ofwhich shall contain an original signature, must be filed with theCourt of Appeals Clerk. If a brief was filed by email, therequired paper copiesof the brief must be deliveredno more than seven days after filing. If a brief is served by email, upon request two paper copies mustbe delivered to counselfor each party separately requesting paper copies.?

(c) Consequenceof failing to file principal briefs. If an appellant fails to file aprincipal brief within the time provided in this rule, or within the time asmay be extended by order of the appellate court, an appellee may move fordismissal of the appeal. If an appellee fails to file a principal brief within thetime provided by this rule, or within the time as may be extended by appellatecourt order, an appellant may move that the appellee notbe heardat oral argument.

(d) Returnof record to the clerk. Each party, upon filing its brief, must return the record to the court clerk havingcustody pursuant to these rules.

EffectiveFebruary 19, 2020