I am preparing an appeal in the NJ Appellate Division for a family matter, and the appellate division requires that briefs and appendices have "firm covers" front and back. What exactly are "firm covers", is it just poster board cut 8 1/2 x 11? Or something else?
Go to your local printing or stationary store and ask for "white hard stock." That will be good enough for the appellant's cover for the brief and for the appendix.
I agree with Counsel Luers. Locally we'd call it card stock, but tomato, tomahto. Your local copy shop folks will know.
"Firm" refers to the thickness of the cover and backing.
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Either card stock or hard stock. Many staples copying centers have experience with appellate pleadings. Call and ask before you go in for your final printing.
Here are a couple of sample briefs. They're useful to check your formatting, layout. Take the time to carefully go through the Appellate Division checklist on the website judiciary. The most common reason for rejection are font, and not including a table of contents to the appendix at the beginning of each volume.
Www.dpdlaw/appeals.htm. Hope it's helpful.
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