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(When making telephone inquiries about a case, please refer to the WD #)
motions, records, supplemental records, briefs and pleadings must show a
certificate of service on adverse parties, and in fact be served, faxed, or
mailed prior to presentation to this court for filing. See Rule 84.01(b), 84.11, 84.07, 30.07,
84.05(a), 84.06(g) and Western District Special Rule XII(c).
THE LEGAL FILE
AND THE TRANSCRIPT (IF ANY) SHOULD BE FILED TOGETHER.
Please follow these guidelines when preparing a Legal
(1) The Legal file shall be securely bound at the
top or side and labeled with a Cover Page with the case style, WD
number and the name and address of the filer. It shall contain clearly reproduced exact
copies of pleadings and other portions of the trial record previously
reduced to written form. Rule 81.12(a)
and 81.12(c) or 30.04 and 30.04(g) and Special Rule XIX.
(2) The contents of the Legal File shall be in chronological
order. Rule 81.12(a) or
30.04(a). (The first pleading filed in
the Circuit Court should be at the beginning or on the top, etc.) See Special
(3) The pages of the Legal File shall be numbered
and a complete index shall be included at the front of the file. Rule 81.14(b) or 30.04(d).
(4) A volume of legal file shall not exceed two
hundred pages. Rule 81.18(d) or
(5) The Legal File MUST BE CERTIFIED BY THE
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK OR HAVE THE APPROVAL SIGNATURES OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED.
Rule 81.15 or 30.04(g). These must be
the ORIGINAL SIGNATURES OF THE PARTIES OR THE CIRCUIT CLERK. The original certified copy of the legal file
and the original signed transcript is all our court requires for filing. We need no additional copies.
transcripts must be submitted one page per sheet. See Western District Special Rule XII for
rules for preparing transcripts.
Effective January 1,
Guidelines for preparing a legal file apply to
supplemental legal files.
Please follow these guidelines when preparing a brief:
(1) Four copies of all briefs shall be filed. (Western District Special Rule XII) Effective
January 1, 2015.
(2) The Appellant’s brief is generally due within
60 days after the date the Record on Appeal is filed with this Court. Rule 84.05 and 30.06 and Special Rule XXX.
(3) The Respondent’s brief is due 30 days after
the date the Appellant’s brief is filed in this court. Rule 84.05 and 30.06.
(4) The Appellant’s Reply Brief (optional) is due
15 days after the Respondent’s brief is filed in this Court.
(5) All briefs should be securely bound, and
contain a cover page with case style, WD number and name and address of filing
party. All briefs must contain a certificate
of service on opposing counsel. See
Special Rule XII (b).
(7) For specific instructions regarding briefs on
cross-appeals, refer to 84.04(j) or 30.06(f).
(8) Rule 84.04 or 30.06 designated what must be
included in briefs filed with the Missouri Court of
Appeals. Failure to be in compliance
with this rule will result in your brief being struck.
(9) A Brief shall contain an appendix, unless the
materials have been included in a prior brief.
See Rule 84.04(h). Effective April 1, 2004 see Special Rule XXXVIII.
shall be prepared in accordance with Rule 84.06, provided however that the
following page limitations shall apply to briefs prepared pursuant to Rule
84.06(a) or (d). In calculating the
limits set forth in this rule, this court shall not count the words or lines of
text of a brief’s table of contents, table of authorities or appendix. See Western District Special Rule XLI.
initial brief and all briefs in a cross appeal shall not exceed 15,500 words
or, if a mono-spaced text face is used, 1100 lines of text.
brief shall not exceed 13, 950 words or, if mono-spaced text fax is used, 990
lines of text.
brief shall not exceed 5115 words or, if mono-spaced text face is used, 363
lines of text.
allowed to appeal as a poor person unable to produce a brief as provided by
Rule 84.06(a) or Rule 84.06(d) may file a typewritten brief. Any other person unable to produce a brief as
provided by Rule 84.06(a) or Rule 84.06(d) may file, with leave of court, a
typewritten brief. A typewritten brief
should be prepared pursuant to Rule 84.06(e).
The following page limitations shall apply to typewritten briefs:
brief and all briefs in a cross appeal shall not exceed 50 pages.
shall not exceed 45 pages.
brief shall not exceed 15 pages.
A party may
file a motion requesting this court permit the party’s brief to exceed the
limits set forth in this rule. Such
motion shall be filed at least ten (10) days before the due date on which the
brief is due. The court may grant such
request only on a showing of good cause.
If you want a
file stamped copy of your filing returned to you send an extra copy along with
a self-addressed stamped envelope. Extra
copies will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope is included.
If you place a
filing in the drop box, prior to 8:00
am, it will be filed with the date of the previous business
day. If you leave extra copies either
leave a self addressed stamped envelope or a note attached stating they will be
picked up. Copies are held for one week only.
motions and motions for rehearing/transfer, pleadings, suggestions or
correspondence which do not require a filing fee, an original signature or
certification and which require only the original for filing will be accepted
by fax if the document, together with any supporting documentation, does not
constitute more than 20 pages. See Western
District Special Rule XIII.
files, supplemental legal files, transcripts and briefs may be submitted
electronically to: email@example.com .
must be submitted in .pdf format and comply with all rules.
5 days of electronic submission paper copies need to be presented to the
Court. The Legal File, Supplemental
Legal and Transcript require 1 copy.
Briefs require 4 copies. Paper
copies need to be securely bound. A clip
is not considered securely bound.
Stipulations only the ORIGINAL is required to be filed.
should be placed inside of an envelope with a complete index typed or taped on
the outside along with the style and WD Number of the case. If the exhibit is too large to fit inside the
envelope, label the exhibit with the style and the WD number, indicate on the
index if that exhibit is separate from the rest of the exhibits. A separate index of the exhibits must be
provided to be filed and placed in the court file. See Western District Special Rule IV and
XII(c) and Supreme Court Rule 81.16 or 30.05 for further information.
Effective January 1, 2015: In both
civil and criminal cases, the parties shall submit their exhibits no later than
the date on which they file their initial briefs in this Court. See Rule 81.16