Title 7 - Briefs


Each party shall file a brief. The superior court may order a party to file additional briefs or may order that the requirement to file briefs be waived. An appellant may file a reply brief as a matter of right.


(a) Brief of Appellant. The brief of an appellant shall be served on all other parties and filed with the superior court within 45 days after filing of the notice of appeal with the superior court.

(b) Brief of Respondent. The brief of a respondent shall be served on all other parties and filed with the superior court within 30 days after service of the brief of appellant.

(c) Reply Brief. A reply brief shall be filed within 14 days of service of the brief to which it responds, or at such other time as the superior court orders. A reply brief shall be filed no later than 7 days before the day set for argument by the superior court.

(d) Briefing Schedule. If an appeal is preassigned to a judicial department, the court may issue a briefing schedule that allows for complete presentation of all significant issues, and is consistent with the Advisory Case Processing Time Standards endorsed by the Board for Judicial Administration.

[Amended December 5, 2002]


(a) Typing or Printing Brief. All briefs shall conform to the requirements of GR 14. In addition, the text of any brief typed or printed in a proportionally spaced typeface must appear in print as 12 point or larger type with no more than 10 characters per inch and double-spaced. The same typeface and print size should be standard throughout the brief, except that footnotes may appear in print as 10 point or larger type and be the equivalent of single-spaced. Quotations may be the equivalent of single-spaced. Except for materials in an appendix, the typewritten or printed material in the brief may not be reduced or condensed by photographic or other means.

(b) Length of Brief. The briefs of appellant and respondent filed pursuant to RALJ 7.2(a) and (b) shall not exceed 18 pages. Reply briefs filed pursuant to RALJ 7.2(c) shall not exceed 6 pages. For the purpose of determining compliance with this rule, appendices are not included. For good cause, the court may grant a motion to file an over-length brief.

(c) Unpublished Opinions. [Reserved. See GR 14.1.]

[Adopted effective September 1, 2005; September 1, 2007.]