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Supreme Court To Lawyers: Can You Keep It Short?

Law360, Washington (April 18, 2019, 6:08 PM EDT) -- Beginning in July, Supreme Court practitioners will be permitted fewer words to make their cases and less time to file reply briefs as a result of rule changes adopted by the justices Thursday.

The Supreme Court will require that merits briefs — those that follow the justices’ decision to take up a case — not exceed 13,000 words, compared with an earlier 15,000 limit. The rule applies to both petitioners and respondents.

“Experience has shown that litigants in this court are able to present their arguments effectively, and without undue repetition, with word limits slightly reduced from those under the current...

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