Baltimore, MD asked in Divorce, Appeals / Appellate Law and Libel & Slander for Maryland

Q: "Brief to Appellate Court shall be securely bound along left margin". What is the standard way of doing it for judges?

Are there any photographs of properly bound briefs, so that I know how to conform to what is expected? Maryland Rules do not go into sufficient detail.

I have been forced to be a Pro Se defendant, in appealing to the Appellate Court of MD. My wife, a former attorney, has successfully manufactured a gigantic, flagrant, defamatory, slanderous LIE, in a campaign against me, resulting in me being "Cancel-Cultured" so that no Appellate attorney will talk to me.

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels
  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Columbia, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: The brief should be "spiral bound" along the left margin. Staples are not accepted. Any quality copy center or brief printer should be able to help you. And if you are the appellant--the brief cover must be yellow, as well as the record extract. The brief should be printed on ONLY one side, while the record extract can be printed on two sides. The record extract should have a table of contents. The record extract contains those documents pertinent to the case on your appeal issues--it does not have to contain the entire record. But the record extract must contain the docket entries and any transcripts. See Rule 8-501 and Rule 8-502 and 8-503.

If you are pro se, you can file the brief and record extract manually. BUT eight paper copies must be delivered to the court--perhaps this requirement can be waived in your circumstance. Check with the Clerk's office about that. However, two paper copies of the brief and record extract must be sent by standard mail to the other side, and that should be in your "certificate of service"--at the end of your brief.

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