Supreme Court of Georgia Amends Rule on Lengths of Briefs
The Supreme Court of Georgia has expanded its Rule 20 to include a page limit for briefs and other documents filed in non-death penalty criminal cases. Under the change, which will take effect Sept. 3, 2012, lawyers will be held to a 50-page limit on all briefs, petitions for certiorari, applications for appeal, motions and responses they prepare in criminal cases that do not involve the death penalty. The current rule already restricts documents filed in civil cases to 30 pages, but there has not been a similar restriction for documents filed in criminal cases. The purpose for the modification is to ensure that the filings are succinct and that the most important matters are highlighted. Not included in the page count are tables of contents, tables of citations, appendices or certificates of service.
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