U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Appellate Procedure Guide
September 2021

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Appeals under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967)
A joint appendix is not required in an Anders appeal; instead, the court obtains and reviews the record. Copy expenses for the joint appendix may therefore be denied under the Criminal Justice Act absent a showing of need when the voucher is filed.
 
In agency review cases, if the agency files the administrative record in electronic form, the petitioner may adopt the administrative record in lieu of filing a joint appendix. In social security appeals, if the agency files the administrative record in electronic form, the appellant may adopt the administrative record and, in addition, file a joint appendix containing district court documents. If the agency does not file the administrative record in electronic form, all documents necessary for appellate review must be included in the joint appendix.