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1. How many copies do I need to give the court?

The Supreme Court requires an original and seven copies of most documents filed in this court. The exceptions are: 1) Petitions to change rules and cases involving attorney discipline and admission - file an original and six copies; 2) Appendices in civil and criminal petitions for review - file an original and 2 copies; 3) Appendices in death penalty post conviction cases – file an original and 1 copy.

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2. What color does the cover of my brief have to be and what does it mean to bind the brief?

Rule 14, Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure and Rule 31.13(b), Criminal Procedure, discuss briefs’ color, form and size. Opening briefs are blue, response briefs are red, reply briefs are grey and the brief of an intervenor or an amicus is green. The binding for briefs submitted in paper should be bound in the top margin by a two-pronged fastener. If your case has any electronically-filed documents, no adhesive bindings or bindings using numerous holes should be used on paper copies given to the court.

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3. How do I get copies of oral argument?
Some oral arguments are recorded on tape. For these cases you can submit a new 90 minute cassette tape to the Clerk’s Office and a copy will be made. The Clerk’s Office has begun recording some oral arguments digitally. For these cases, you can submit a non-rewritable CD to the Clerk’s Office and a copy will be made for you. Please call the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at 602-452-3396, to ask in which format your case is recorded. In April, 2007, the court began video recording oral argument. You can download these arguments from the Supreme Court web site at http://www.azcourts.gov/AZSupremeCourt/LiveArchivedVideo.aspx .

 

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