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Appellate Practice

Apr. 23, 2024

Form briefs on appeal: A giant step forward for access to appellate justice

The Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee is proposing fillable briefs, in a standard format, for appeals to the Appellate Division, which would improve access to justice for self-represented litigants.

Kevin K. Green

Senior Counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

The views expressed are his own.


Access to justice has a long way to go, but it has also come a long way. The Judicial Council's Appellate Advisory Committee recently took a critical step furthering access in the challenging arena of appellate review. In an Invitation to Comment, the Judicial Council is proposing fillable briefs, in a standard format, for appeals to the Appellate Division. Comments on SPR24-05 are due by May 3, 2024.

This proposal is a game-changer f...

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