Filing Requirements Quick Look Chart

COURT OF APPEAL, FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT:

Documents must be filed through the TrueFiling electronic filing system, pursuant to Local Rule 12

Warning: Other Districts have different filing requirements.

Brief Length Limit Due Date
Brief:AOB Length Limit:25,500 words (Rule 8.360(b)(1)) Due Date:See appointment order (Rule 8.360(c)(1))
Brief:Respondent’s Brief Length Limit:25,500 words (Rule 8.360(b)) Due Date:30 days after AOB (Rule 8.360(c)(2))
Brief:Reply Brief Length Limit:25,500 words (Rule 8.360(b)) Due Date:20 days after RB (Rule 8.360(c)(3))
Brief:Petition for Rehearing Length Limit:25,500 words (Rule 8.360(b)) Due Date:15 days after decision (Rule 8.268(b)(1))
Brief:Answer to Petition for Rehearing Length Limit:25,500 words (Rule 8.360(b)) Due Date:8 days after court order (Rule 8.268(b)(2))
Brief:Habeas Corpus Petition (filed by counsel) Length Limit:14,000 words (Rule 8.204(c)(1), 8.384(a)(2)) Due Date:n/a

Note: Rule 8.44 Local R. 12 – Local Rule 12(i) permits the filing of a paper version of a document only if all three of the following conditions are met: “(1) it is not available in electronic format; (2) it must therefore be scanned to PDF; and (3) the file size of the scanned document exceeds the limit specified on the EFS Web site.”

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Documents must be filed through the TrueFiling electronic filing system pursuant to Supreme Court policy.

Pleading Length Limit Due Date
PleadingsPetition for Review Length Limit:8,400 words Rule 8.504(d)(1) Due Date – Electronically Filed PDF:10 days after decision final as to Court of Appeal (Rule 8.500(e)(1); see also rules 8.366(b) [finality in criminal appeal] 8.387(b) [finality in habeas proceeding]; 8.264(b) and 8.470 [finality in juvenile appeal])
PleadingAnswer to Petition For Review Length Limit:8,400 words Rule 8.504(d)(1) Due Date – Electronically Filed PDF:20 days after petition (Rule 8.500(e)(4))
PleadingReply to Answer to Petition for Review Length Limit:4,200 words Rule 8.504(d)(1) Due Date – Electronically Filed PDF:10 days after answer (Rule 8.500(e)(5))
PleadingOpening Brief on Merits Length Limit:14,000 words Rule 8.520(c)(1) Due Date:30 days after review granted (Rule 8.250(a)(1))
PleadingAnswering Brief on Merits Length Limit:14,000 words Rule 8.520(c)(1) Due Date:30 days after Opening Brief (Rule 8.250(a)(2))
Pleadings in Connection with Merits Briefing:Reply Brief on Merits Length Limit:8,400 words Rule 8.520(c)(1) Due Date:20 days after answering brief (Rule 8.250(a)(3))
Pleadings in Connection with Merits Briefing:Supplemental Brief on new authorities or legislation not available for brief on merits Length Limit:2,800 words (Rule 8.520(d)(2)) Due Date:10 days before oral arg (Rule 8.250(d)(2))
Pleadings in Connection with Merits Briefing:Petition for Rehearing Length Limit:14,000 words Rule 8.520(c)(1) Due Date:15 days after opinion Rules 8.268(b)(1); 8.536(b)
Pleadings in Connection with Merits Briefing:Answer to Petition for Rehearing Length Limit:14,000 words Rule 8.520(c)(1) or 8.204(c)(1), 8.268(b)(3), and 8.536(b) Due Date:8 days after petition Rule 8.536(b)
Pleadings in Connection with Merits Briefing:Habeas Corpus Petition (filed by counsel) Length Limit:14,000 words (Rule 8.204(c)(1), 8.384(a)(2)) Due Date:n/a

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