When filing a briefing with the Supreme Court, it's important to make sure that your briefs will be formatted or reproduced in a manner that is compliant with the requirements of the Supreme Court. If your briefing does not meet these requirements, it might be rejected by the Supreme Court and you will be less likely to receive justice.
The Requirements of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has a very long rulebook that explains how the brief needs to be formatted. Even if the document is initially accepted, it might be rejected by the justices when they finally review it, which can be a much bigger problem.
The content of the briefing must be in the proper order, and there is content that you should and should not include. There are specific rules regarding the font you are allowed to use, the spacing of the text, margins, and how the appendix and footnotes are to be formatted.
The Supreme Court printing service will play a role in helping you determine which issue gets the most space and which issues get the least space. However, even if you are under the word count limit, you might want to file an even shorter brief so you can focus on your strongest arguments and evidence.
Jurisdiction and Servicing
Certain items must be included in the appendix or the footnotes to show that there is proper jurisdiction. The document will need to be serviced in a specific way, regardless of whether it is serviced electronically or physically. Also, a proof of service and a certificate of word count must be produced. This is because there is a word limit for Supreme Court briefs.
The Role of a Supreme Court Printing Service
After the Supreme Court brief has been prepared, it can be delivered to the Supreme Court or can be delivered to you based on your needs. There are Supreme Court printing services that are located close to DC and will send a representative to personally deliver the brief. A copy of the brief will then be delivered to you as well in order to provide proof of the date and time in which the brief was filed.
The Supreme Court printing service does not provide legal advice and they are not your lawyer. You may need to work with both a lawyer and a Supreme Court printing service to make sure that your voice is heard by the Supreme Court.