Monday, February 24, 2014
A recent change to the federal appellate rules is worth noting as law students work on briefs this spring. Where the former rule for briefs required both a statement of the case and a statement of facts, the new rule combines two in a single statement of the case, which is to include both the case’s facts and its procedural history. Fed. R. App. P. 28(a)(6). A committee note explains that the old requirement led to “confusion and redundancy.” The new rule took effect on December 1, 2013.