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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Word Limits for Appellate Filings in Texas

The Tex Parte Blog is reporting that the Texas Supreme Court has amended the Rules of Appellate Procedure to provide new limits to the number of words contained in appellate briefs filed in all fourteen courts of appeals as well as the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The maximum words now allowed for each document is mentioned in the article and listed in the amendments to the rules. There are exceptions noted in Rule 9.4 that do not count toward the limit such as table of contents, statement of issues presented, appendix, and statement of procedural history. Penalties for violations include requiring a party who exceeds the limits to refile the documents and further violations could warrant "prohibiting the party from filing documents of the same kind." The order is available on the Texas Supreme Court's website under "Latest News and Updates" and the changes to Rule 9.4 pertaining to these limits can be found on pages 3-5 of the PDF file.

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