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Checklist For Briefs

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CHECKLIST FOR BRIEFS Briefs and filing requirements are found in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) and the Sixth Circuit Local Rules (6 Cir. R.), located on the court's website. File the correct brief type (e.g. appellant, appellee, petitioner, respondent, 1st, 2d) only in the appropriate case. During filing of the brief, deselect any inapplicable case in CM/ECF by unchecking the inapplicable case numbers. In cross-appeals, file all briefs in all cases, unless you are a party to only one cross-appeal. Appellants that join in one notice of appeal must file a single brief unless permission is granted for separate briefs. See FRAP 3(b)(1). Redact personal information. FRAP 25(a)(5) and rules cited therein provide guidance. File briefs in PDF, preferably searchable native PDF. 6 Cir. R. 25(a)(2); PACER website. BRIEF COMPONENTS Brief components must appear in the brief in the order indicated below. FRAP 28(a). I. COVER. Colored covers are not required for electronically filed briefs. Do include: · · · · · · Sixth Circuit Case Number(s). Name of the Court: "United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit." Title of the Case: Smith v. Jones. Nature of proceeding and court or agency below. Title identifying the party: e.g., "Brief of Appellee Lawrence Litigant" Name, address, and telephone number of counsel. FRAP 32(a)(2) II. CORPORATE DISCLOSURE. Consult FRAP 26.1 and 6 Cir. R. 26.1 for applicability. III. TABLE OF CONTENTS. Page references are required. FRAP 28(a)(2) and (b). IV. TABLE OF AUTHORITIES. FRAP 28(a)(3) and (b). · · Alphabetize case citations; include statues and other authorities. Include references to the page in the brief where specific authority is cited. V. STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ORAL ARGUMENT. FRAP 34; 6 Cir. R. 34. · A party desiring oral argument must include a statement explaining why the court should hear argument. 6 Cir. R. 34(a). CAUTION: When filing the brief in CM/ECF, do not choose "argument requested" unless the brief contains an unambiguous statement giving reasons in support of argument. If the court decides to hear argument, no eligible party will be excluded based on a failure to request argument. Also see 6 Cir. R. 28(b)(1)(B). American LegalNet, Inc. Items in this box are included in the applicable page and/or word counts. FRAP 32(a)(7). VI. STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION - See FRAP 28(a)(4); four areas must be addressed. Appellee need not include this statement if in agreement with appellant. FRAP 28(b). VII. STATEMENT OF ISSUES - See FRAP 28(a)(5). Appellee need not include this statement if in agreement with appellant. FRAP 28(b). VIII. STATEMENT OF THE CASE - See FRAP 28(a)(6); (b) · · Concise statement of the case setting out the facts relevant to the issues presented with description of procedural history, and identification of rulings presented for review and references to the record. A separate statement of facts is not required. FRAP 28(a)(6). Appellee need not include this statement if in agreement with appellant. IX. SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT - Succinct, clear, and accurate statement of the argument(s) that does not merely repeat the argument headings. FRAP 28(a)(7). X. ARGUMENT · · · Include the "contentions and reasons for them." FRAP 28(a)(8)(A). Citations to the relevant authorities and record parts. FRAP 28(a)(8)(A). Include the standard of review for each issue. FRAP 28(a)(8)(B). XI. CONCLUSION · · State the precise relief sought. FRAP 28(a)(9). Filing attorney(s) signature(s) required: s/(Attorney's Name). 6 Cir. R. 25(d)(1). XII. CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE: As required under FRAP 32(a)(7)(C). XIII. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE: Include date served; parties served; manner of service (mail or CM/ECF); and attorney signature. See FRAP 25(d); 6th Cir. R. 25(f)(2). XIV. ADDENDUM · · · · Designation of relevant originating court documents with Page ID # range, if applicable. 6 Cir. R. 28(b)(1)(A)(i). (See "Citations to the Record" below.) Consult 6 Cir. R. 30(g) for types of documents that must be designated. May include relevant statutes, rules, regulations. Must include copies of decisions "not available in a publicly accessible electronic database." FRAP 32.1(b); 6 Cir. R. 32.1(a). American LegalNet, Inc. CITATIONS TO THE RECORD Appeals from the district courts. 6 Cir. R. 28(a)(1). Each citation must include: · · · Short description of record item: Motion for Summary Judgment; Order; Transcript. Docket entry number: RE 25, R. 13. "RE," "R." preferred; avoid "D", "DE", or "Doc." Page ID # range for the relevant portion of the document: Page ID # 220227. The Page ID # is in blue on the header or footer of the PDF document when it is opened from the district court's docket. When citing to a sealed document to which counsel has been denied access and therefore cannot see Page ID #, explain in a footnote and refer to the docket entry number and page number. E.g., sealed entry 23, page 3. EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE CITATIONS o o o Motion for Summary Judgment, RE 23, Page ID # 120-145 Transcript, R. 52, PageID ## 675-682 Agency Record, RE 12, Page ID # 190-191 (this applies when an administrative record is filed in district court, e.g., Social Security or ERISA cases). Other appeals. 6 Cir. R. 28(a)(2). In petitions for review of agency decisions, cite to the page number of the administrative record or the appendix. Page ID #'s do not apply. Placing citations and references within the brief text is preferred over footnote references. BRIEF LENGTH, FORMATTING, and TYPEFACE Typefaces: see FRAP 32(a)(4), (5), and (6). Briefs must be double-spaced. · · · Either a proportionally spaced font at 14 pt. (such as Times New Roman), or Monospaced font not exceeding 10 1/2 characters per inch (such as Courier New at 12 point). The court asks footnotes be in the same font size as text. Length of briefs: see FRAP 32(a)(7). · · · · Principal: 30 pages OR up to 14,000 words OR 1,300 lines of monospaced typeface. Reply: 15 pages OR up to 7,000 words OR 650 lines of a monospaced typeface. Include a certificate of compliance if over 30 pages. FRAP 32(a)(7)(c). Headings, footnotes, quotations count in word and line limitations. See FRAP 32(a)(7)(B)(iii) and 6th Cir. R. 32(b) for items excluded from the length limits. Briefs for cross-appeals: see FRAP 28.1; Amicus briefs: see FRAP 29, 32. American LegalNet, Inc.

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