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  1. Which parts of the electronic submission of the brief should I include when preparing the paper copies of the brief?
  2. When I send the Court the paper copies of the brief, do I need to serve the brief in paper format on other parties?
  3. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, should I sign them in handwriting or with an electronic signature?
  4. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, how do I include the Certification that the brief is identical to the version submitted electronically?
  5. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, do I still need to comply with the rules regarding binding and covers?
  6. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, do I include the header that has the docket entry information?
  7. How do I file a separately bound addendum to my brief pursuant to 9th Circuit Rule 28-2.7?
  8. Where do I send the copies of briefs?

See also: Binding and Headers for Paper Briefs Good and Bad Samples


  1. Which parts of the electronic submission of the brief should I include when preparing the paper copies of the brief?
    All the parts that you submitted via CM/ECF must be included in the paper copies. This includes the certificate of compliance, any certificate of service, addendum (including the BIA and IJ decisions), and so on. See How do I file a separately bound addendum to my brief below for separately bound statutory addenda. [Back to Top]
  2. When I send the Court the paper copies of the brief, do I need to serve the brief in paper format on other parties?
    If the other party is an electronic filer, you do not need to serve the brief in paper format on that party. If the other party is not an electronic filer, you should have served the brief in paper format on that party on the day that you submitted the brief to the Court. [Back to Top]
  3. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, should I sign them in handwriting or with an electronic signature?
    Either way is fine. The paper copies may have a handwritten signature or an electronic signature. [Back to Top]
  4. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, how do I include the Certification that the brief is identical to the version submitted electronically?
    Attach the Certificate to the end of each paper copy of the brief, just like your Certificate of Compliance. Use Form 18 as your Certificate for Paper Copy of Electronic Brief, available at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/forms/. Do not file the certificate electronically. [Back to Top]
  5. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, do I still need to comply with the rules regarding binding and covers?
    Yes, the paper copies must comply with Fed. R. App. P. 32, including the rules regarding binding and covers. [Back to Top]
  6. When I prepare the paper copies of the brief, do I include the header that has the docket entry information?
    The header is not prohibited, but make sure that including the header does not cause the font size of your brief to shrink when printed. [Back to Top]
  7. How do I file a separately bound addendum to my brief pursuant to 9th Circuit Rule 28-2.7?
    When you submit the brief via CM/ECF, make sure you include the PDF for the addendum (1 or more files) to the entry (see Is there a limit on how many PDFs I may attach to my filing? for additional information). When the Court orders the brief filed and requests paper copies, you must also send an equal number of paper copies of the addendum if it is bound separately from the brief. Note that FRAP 32(c) requires an addendum to have a white colored cover. [Back to Top]
  8. Where do I send the copies of briefs?
    Send all copies to the Court in San Francisco.
    Mailing Address (for U.S. Mail): P.O. Box 193939, San Francisco, CA 94119-3939
    Street Address (for express/overnight mail): 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518 [Back to Top]

Binding and Headers for Paper Briefs: Good and Bad Samples

 

This PDF provides illustrations of good and bad samples of brief binding and headers for paper copies of briefs.


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Last Update: 1 December 2018

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