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Rule50. Response; reply; brief of amicus curiae.


(a)Response. Within 30 days after service of a petition, any other party may filea response to the petition.? Ifsatisfaction of a petitioner?s obligation to pay a required filing fee or toobtain a waiver of that fee is accomplished after service, then the time forresponse shall run from the date of satisfaction of that obligation.? The response shall comply with Rule 27 and,as applicable, Rule 49. Seven copies of the response, one of which shallcontain an original signature, shall be filed with the Clerk of the SupremeCourt.? A party opposing a petition mayso indicate by letter in lieu of a formal response, but the letter shall notinclude any argument or analysis.


(b)Page limitation. A response shall be as short as possible and may not, in anysingle case, exceed 20 pages, excluding the subject index, the table ofauthorities, and the appendix.


(c)Objections to jurisdiction. No motion by a respondent to dismiss a petition fora writ of certiorari will be received. Objections to the jurisdiction of theSupreme Court to grant the petition may be included in the response.


(d)Reply. A reply addressed to arguments first raised in the response may be filedby any petitioner within fourteen days after service of the response, butdistribution of the petition and response to the court ordinarily will not bedelayed pending the filing of any such reply unless the response includes a newrequest for relief, such as an award of attorney fees for the response. Thereply shall be as short as possible, but may not exceed five pages, and shallcomply with Rule 27. The number of copies to be filed shall be as described inRule 50(a).


(e)Brief of amicus curiae. A brief of an amicus curiae concerning a petition forcertiorari may be filed only by leave of the Supreme Court granted on motion orat the request of the Supreme Court. The motion for leave shall be accompaniedby a proposed amicus brief, not to exceed 20 pages, excluding the subjectindex, the table of authorities, any verbatim quotations required by Rule49(a)(7), and the appendix. The proposed amicus brief shall comply with Rule27, and, as applicable, Rule 49. The number of copies of the proposed amicusbrief submitted to the Supreme Court shall be the same as dictated by Rule48(f). A motion for leave shall identify the interest of the applicant andshall state the reasons why a brief of an amicus curiae is desirable. Themotion for leave shall be filed on or before the date of the filing of thetimely petition or response of the party whose position the amicus curiae willsupport, unless the Supreme Court for cause shown otherwise orders. Parties tothe proceeding in the Court of Appeals may indicate their support for, or oppositionto, the motion. Any response of a party to a motion for leave shall be filedwithin seven days of service of the motion. If leave is granted, the proposedamicus brief will be accepted as filed and, unless the order granting leaveotherwise indicates, amicus curiae also will be permitted to submit a brief onthe merits, provided it is submitted in compliance with the briefing scheduleof the party the amicus curiae supports. Denial of a motion for leave to filebrief of an amicus curiae concerning a petition for certiorari shall notpreclude a subsequent amicus motion relating to the merits after a grant ofcertiorari. All motions for leave to file brief of anamicus curiae on the merits after a grant of certiorari are governed by Rule25.


EffectiveDecember 1, 2018