U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Appellate Procedure Guide
December 2016

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< 30 pages or
< 13,000 words or
< 1,300 lines (applies only to monospaced font)
< 35 pages or
< 15,300 words or
< 1,500 lines (applies only to monospaced font)
< 15 pages for reply or amicus brief or
< 6,500 words for reply or amicus brief or
< 650 lines (applies only to monospaced font)
Note on Word Count: When using Microsoft Word to review the "Word Count," you must select the check box next to "include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes" in the Word Count dialogue window for footnotes to be included in the total. Include all footnotes, headings, and quotations in a word or line count. Exclude all of the following from a word or line count: cover page, corporate disclosure statement, table of contents, table of citations, request for argument, addendum, signature block, and certificates of counsel.
File 1 electronic and 1 paper copy of the sealed version of the brief, with sealed material highlighted, and file a certificate of confidentiality. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, all filers are required to file 3 additional paper copies.
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.
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.
File 1 electronic copy and 1 paper copy of sealed volumes of appendix, and file a certificate of confidentiality. If the case is tentatively calendared for oral argument, 3 additional paper copies must be filed.