U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
December 01, 1998
AMENDMENTS TO FEDERAL RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE
Amendments and stylistic changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) will become effective on December 1, 1998. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is preparing a revised version of its Federal Circuit Rules to conform to the amendments and stylistic changes of FRAP. The revised Federal Circuit Rules will not be available by December 1, 1998. After December 1, 1998 and until the revised Federal Circuit Rules are issued, counsel should comply with the existing Federal Circuit Rules, except that FRAP 32(a)((5) and (7) will govern the type face and length of briefs.
GUIDANCE TO COUNSEL
The following provides guidance for determining whether Rules 32(a) (5) and (7) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, effective December 1, 1998, govern the type face and length of briefs in a case pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
When the first brief is filed after December 1, 1998, that brief and all other briefs filed in the case must conform to the requirements of the new FRAP rules. When the first brief is filed before December 1, 1998, neither that brief nor the subsequent briefs is required to conform to the new FRAP rules.