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The filing of a petition or brief with the Supreme Court of the United States is unlike the process in any other court in the United States. Your document must conform to an 84-page rulebook, which specify a myriad of requirements. The failure to conform with the rulebook often leads to the rejection and non-docketing of the party’s case or documents. Nearly equally as bad, sometimes a filing can be accepted by the clerk of court, but the document looks substandard when reviewed by the Justices.

The Supreme Court Press provides a stress-free Supreme Court filing experience. The net of all of these requirements is that it is exceptionally difficult to execute, as well as time intensive and stressful.

This is just a short sample of the Supreme Court’s requirements:

Common Compliance Issues
Content Problems
  • Specific content that must be included, as well as content that should be omitted.
  • The order of content.
  • A specific manner of placing table of contents and authorities.
  • Content that is disfavored for inclusion.
  • Appendix requirements.
Jurisdictional and Legal Requirements
  • Unique methods of invoking jurisdiction depending on the origin of case and type of case.
  • Specific items that must be included either in the appendix or by reference to invoke jurisdiction.
  • Conflict of interest and ownership disclosures.
Formatting Requirements
  • Appendix formatting
  • Fonts
  • Spacing
  • Margins
  • Footnote formatting
Printing Requirements
  • Required paper quality
  • Required cover stock and cover color
  • Paper trimming
  • Binding requirements
Service Requirements
  • Physical service requirement on the Court
  • Physical service requirements on opposing counsel
  • Electronic service
  • Proof of service
  • Certificate of Word Count

Note: The Supreme Court Press does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. If you need legal advice on a specific matter, please contact a lawyer. The Supreme Court Press Does not calculate legal deadlines. It is the client’s sole responsibility to manage and meet their deadlines.

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