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Section/Rule:84.05
Subject: Rule 84 - Rules of Civil Procedure - Rules Relating to All Appellate Courts - Procedure in All Appellate Courts Publication / Adopted Date:June 13, 1979
Topic:Briefs - When and By Whom FiledRevised / Effective Date:January 1, 2017


84.05. Briefs - When and By Whom Filed

(a) Time of Filing. Within 60 days after the date on which the record on appeal is filed with the clerk of the appellate court, the appellant shall file ten copies of the appellant's brief. Within 30 days after the filing of appellant's brief, respondent shall file respondent's brief. Within 15 days after the filing of respondent's brief, the appellant may file a reply brief. The appellate court may, by order in specific cases, either shorten or lengthen the periods prescribed above for filing briefs.

(b) Time of Filing in Cross Appeals. Within 60 days after the date on which the record on appeal is filed with the clerk of the appellate court, the appellant shall file appellant's brief. Within 30 days after the filing of the appellant's brief, respondent/cross-appellant shall file respondent/cross-appellant's brief. Within 30 days after the filing of respondent/cross-appellant's brief, appellant may file appellant's brief in response to the cross appeal and in reply to the respondent's brief. Within 15 days thereafter, the cross-appellant may file cross-appellant's reply brief.

The appellate court may, by order in specific cases, either shorten or lengthen the time prescribed above for filing briefs.

(c) Where Trial Court Fails to Specify Grounds for the Granting of a New Trial. When a trial court grants a new trial without specifying of record the ground or grounds on which the new trial is granted, the presumption shall be that the trial court erroneously granted the motion for new trial and the burden of supporting such action is placed on the respondent. In such event, if the appellant files a statement requesting that respondent prepare the original brief on or before the time when the record on appeal is filed, the respondent shall file the original brief and reply brief, if any, within the time otherwise required for the appellant to serve briefs. The appellant shall file the answer brief in the time otherwise required for the respondent to serve the respondent's brief.

(d) Where New Trial Is Granted by Trial Court Without Specifying Discretionary Grounds. If the trial court grants a new trial without specifying discretionary grounds, it shall never be presumed that the new trial was granted on any discretionary grounds.

(e) Where Circuit Court Reverses a Decision of An Administrative Agency. If the circuit court reverses a decision of an administrative agency and the appellate court reviews the decision of the agency rather than of the circuit court, a party aggrieved by the circuit court decision shall file a notice of appeal and the record on appeal and shall file with the record on appeal a notice designating the party that is aggrieved by the agency decision. The party aggrieved by the agency decision shall file the appellant's brief and reply brief, if any, and serve them within the time otherwise required for the appellant to serve briefs.
If a party who is aggrieved by an agency decision fails to file the first brief, that party shall be given notice of dismissal as required in Rule 84.08.

(f) Briefs and Suggestions of Amicus Curiae in This Court.

(g) Briefs on Disk in This Court. [REPEALED May 16, 2001, eff. July 2001].

(h) Briefs by Electronic Mail in this Court. [REPEALED May 23, 2001, eff. Jan. 1, 2002].

(Adopted June 13, 1979, effective Jan. 1, 1980. Amended July 27, 1979. Amended April 21, 1988, eff. Jan. 1, 1989. Amended June 1, 1993, eff. Jan. 1, 1994. Amended Sept. 28, 1993, eff. Jan. 1, 1994. Amended Apr. 23, 1996, eff. Jan. 1, 1997. Amended Oct. 2, 1996, eff. Jan. 1, 1997. Amended Nov. 26, 1997, eff. July 1, 1998. Amended May 26, 2000, eff. Jan. 1, 2001. Amended Dec. 15, 2000, eff. July 1, 2001. Amended May 23, 2001, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; Amended Dec. 18, 2007, eff. July 1, 2008. Amended Dec. 22, 2009, eff. July 1, 2010. Amended June 25, 2010, eff. Jan. 1, 2011. Amended May 19, 2016, eff. Jan. 1, 2017.)