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Rule 27. Form of briefs.

(a) Paper size;printing margins. Briefs shall be typewritten, printed or prepared byphotocopying or other duplicating or copying process that will produce clear,black and permanent copies equally legible to printing, on opaque, unglazedpaper 8 1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long, and shall be securely bound alongthe left margin. Paper may be recycled paper, with or without deinking. Theprinting must be double spaced, except for matter customarily single spaced andindented. Margins shall be at least one inch on the top, bottom and sides ofeach page. Page numbers may appear in the margins.

(b) Typeface.Either a proportionally spaced or monospaced typeface in a plain, roman stylemay be used. A proportionally spaced typeface must be 13-point or larger forboth text and footnotes. A monospaced typeface may not contain more than tencharacters per inch for both text and footnotes.

(c) Binding.Briefs shall be printed on both sides of the page, and bound with acompact-type binding so as not unduly to increase the thickness of the briefalong the bound side. Coiled plastic and spiral-type bindings are notacceptable.

(d) Color of cover;contents of cover. The cover of the opening brief of appellant shall beblue; that of appellee, red; that of intervenor, guardian ad litem, or amicuscuriae, green; that of any reply brief, or in cases involving a cross-appeal,the appellant's second brief, gray; that of any petition for rehearing, tan;that of any response to a petition for rehearing, white; that of a petition forcertiorari, white; that of a response to a petition for certiorari, orange; andthat of a reply to the response to a petition for certiorari, yellow. All briefcovers shall be of heavy cover stock. There shall be adequate contrast betweenthe printing and the color of the cover. The cover of all briefs shall setforth in the caption the full title given to the case in the court or agencyfrom which the appeal was taken, as modified pursuant to Rule 3(g), as wellas the designation of the parties both as they appeared in the lower court oragency and as they appear in the appeal. In addition, the covers shall contain:the name of the appellate court; the number of the case in the appellate courtopposite the case title; the title of the document (e.g., Brief of Appellant);the nature of the proceeding in the appellate court (e.g., Appeal, Petition forReview); the name of the court and judge, agency or board below; and the namesand addresses of counsel for the respective parties designated as attorney forappellant, petitioner, appellee, or respondent, as the case may be. The namesof counsel for the party filing the document shall appear in the lower rightand opposing counsel in the lower left of the cover. In criminal cases, thecover of the defendant?s brief shall also indicate whether the defendant ispresently incarcerated in connection with the case on appeal and if the briefis an Anders brief.

(e) Effect ofnon-compliance with rules. The clerk shall examine all briefs beforefiling. If they are not prepared in accordance with these rules, they will notbe filed but shall be returned to be properly prepared. The clerk shall retainone copy of the non-complying brief and the party shall file a brief preparedin compliance with these rules within 5 days. The party whose brief has beenrejected under this provision shall immediately notify the opposing party inwriting of the lodging. The clerk may grant additional time for bringing abrief into compliance only under extraordinary circumstances. This rule is notintended to permit significant substantive changes in briefs.

AdvisoryCommittee Note

An Andersbrief is a brief filed pursuant to Andersv. California, 386 U.S. 793 (1967), in cases where counsel believes nononfrivolous appellate issues exist.

Adopted2020