Supreme Court Briefs Must Follow Specific Requirements

Posted on: 5 July 2022

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest legal court in the US. Cases that cannot be resolved in lower courts can be taken before the Supreme Court. The court doesn't see every case that is submitted to them from lower courts. Because the Supreme Court is so important and has to deal with very specific cases, if you are going to submit a case to the court, you have to follow very strict guidelines. One way to make sure that your brief meets those requirements is to work with a company that does Supreme Court brief printing. The company may not directly print the brief, but they will format the brief so that it will meet the strict requirements necessary. What are some of the formatting requirements that the Supreme Court requires?

Booklet Format

One of the requirements is that the brief has to be printed out in a booklet format that is sized 6 1/8"x 9 1/4". The booklet has to be bound, and it may not be bound in metal or plastic. When the booklet is bound, none of the text inside can be obscured by the binding. The goal of this is to produce a document that the justices can easily read and refer to. Being bound will allow the booklet to stay open to particular points as the justice is studying it. 

Paper Weight

The paper in the booklet and the cover in the booklet also have to meet certain requirements. The paper has to be opaque and has to be at least 60-pound weight paper. The cover of the booklet has to be 65-pound weight paper. The weight of the paper refers to how much a ream of paper weighs when the paper is in its basic size. A 60-pound paper means that the ream of paper—before it is cut down to be used—was 60 pounds. A booklet made with 60-pound paper is going to be able to stand up to a lot of use and will be able to stand up to any note-taking the justice may need to do. 

If you are going to submit a brief to the Supreme Court, you need to make sure that your brief meets the proper requirements. Work with a company that can format your brief to meet the standards and can then submit the brief to be printed so that you can submit it to the SCOTUS. 

Contact a company that provides Supreme Court brief printing to learn more.