Thursday, January 3, 2008

no fancy fonts

FunfontsRecently proposed amendments to the court rules in Virginia would limit appellate attorneys to using one of three fonts (in 14-point size): Courier, Arial, or Verdana. Nothing else!

In its revision of Rule 33.1, the United States Supreme Court, in contrast, tells attorneys to use fonts in the "Century Family" (Century Expanded, New Century Schoolbook, or Century Schoolbook) (but in 12-point size). Nothing else!

Not everyone is so demanding. Iowa courts will let attorneys use a font as small as ten points in size. Iowa R. App. P. 6.10. Minnesota accepts monospaced fonts, provided they do not produce more than 10 1/2 characters per inch, or proportional fonts, as long as they are set in 13-point size or larger. (Thirteen point?)

I thought I had found the perfect set of "court rules" from the "Evergreen Supreme Court" at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington: "No fancy fonts are allowed." Unfortunately, it then goes on to mandate use of 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman.


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Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.4(e) also require 13-point or larger. It must be a state-court thang!

Posted by: Texas Appellate Lawyer | Jan 4, 2008 6:35:26 PM

There are a lot of those state-court thangs, aren't there? Arkansas prohibits sans serif fonts, for example. One more reason for us to keep on our toes! Thanks!

Posted by: Coleen Barger | Jan 9, 2008 2:19:32 PM

It might not be only a state court thing. If I am remember correctly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requires 14-point fonts in their briefs.

Posted by: Mark E Wojcik | Jan 10, 2008 9:06:51 AM

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