Joint appendix

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A Joint Appendix typically refers to a submission of legal documents in support of a brief to a federal court of appeals or the Supreme Court.


When a petition for writ of certiorari is granted by the Supreme Court of the United States, a Joint Appendix must be prepared.[1] See Supreme Court Rule 26.[2] The Joint Appendix, commonly called the JA, accompanies the Petitioner's Merits Brief.[2]

The Joint Appendix allows the Supreme Court ease of access to relevant portions of the record below. Similar to a merits brief, the Supreme Court requires a booklet-formatted and printed Joint Appendix.[3] A Joint Appendix usually contains: 1) a table of contents; 2) relevant docket entries in the courts below; and 3) relevant pleadings, jury instruction, findings, conclusions, opinions or the judgment under review. Rule 26.1.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "Rule 26. Joint Appendix | Supreme Court Rules | LII / Legal Information Institute". 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ [2] Archived April 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Lilly M. Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Inc." (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-06.