U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Appellate Procedure Guide
November 2014
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For briefing orders after September 1, 2014 - Standing Order 14-01 in appointed counsel and in forma pauperis cases: File 1 electronic and 1 paper copy of briefs and appendices. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, all filers are required to file 3 additional paper copies of the briefs and appendices within 10 days.
For briefing orders after September 1, 2014 - Standing Order 14-01 in appointed counsel and in forma pauperis cases: File 1 electronic and 1 paper copy of briefs and appendices. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, all filers are required to file 3 additional paper copies of the briefs and appendices within 10 days.
Appeals under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967)
Appendices are not filed in Anders appeals; instead, the court obtains and reviews the record. Appendix costs are not reimbursable under the CJA in Anders cases unless the court has directed or authorized filing of an appendix.
For briefing orders after September 1, 2014 - Standing Order 14-01 in appointed counsel and in forma pauperis cases: Appellant may adopt the administrative record in lieu of filing an electronic appendix by filing 1 paper copy of the Administrative Record securely bound down the left side, with a white cover. Double-sided copying is preferred. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, all filers are required to file 3 additional paper copies of the briefs and appendices within 10 days, and appellant must file 3 additional paper copies of the Administrative Record.
In social security appeals, appellant must also file electronic and paper versions of an appendix containing any district court documents necessary for appellate review. If the administrative record is filed in paper form in a social security appeal, appellant must include any necessary documents from both the administrative record and the district court record in the electronic and paper versions of the appendix.
For briefing orders after September 1, 2014 - Standing Order 14-01 in appointed counsel and in forma pauperis cases: File 1 electronic and 1 paper copy of briefs and appendices. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, all filers are required to file 3 additional paper copies of the briefs and appendices within 10 days.
For briefing orders after September 1, 2014 - Standing Order 14-01 in appointed counsel and in forma pauperis cases: File 1 electronic and 1 paper copy of briefs and appendices. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, all filers are required to file 3 additional paper copies of the briefs and appendices within 10 days.