US Supreme Court Filing Guides



INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING FORMS VI. Table of Contents On the page provided, list the page numbers on which the required portions of the petition appear. Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the "Opinions Below" page as page 1. VII. Index of Appendices List the description of each document that is included in the appendix beside the appro- priate appendix letter. Mark the bottom of the first page of each appendix with the appropriate designation, e.g., "Appendix A." See Rule 14.1 pertaining to the items to be included in the appendix.

A. Federal Courts

If you are asking the Court to review a decision of a federal court, the decision of the United States court of appeals should be designated Appendix A. Appendix A should be followed by the decision of the United States District Court and the findings and recommendations of the United States magistrate judge, if there were any. If the United States court of appeals denied a timely filed petition for rehearing, a copy of that order should be appended next.

B. State Courts

If you are asking the Court to review a decision of a state court, the decision of which review is sought should be designated Appendix A. Appendix A should be followed by the decision of the lower court or agency that was reviewed in the decision designated Appendix A. If the highest court of the state in which a decision could be had denied discretionary review, a copy of that order should follow. If an order denying a timely filed petition for rehearing starts the run- ning of the time for filing a petition for a writ of certiorari pursuant to Rule 13.3, a copy of the order should be appended next.

As an example, if the state trial court ruled against you, the intermediate court of appeals affirmed the decision of the trial court, the state supreme court denied discretionary review and then denied a timely petition for rehearing, the appendicesshould appear in the following order:

Appendix A  Decision of State Court of Appeals

Appendix B  Decision of State Trial Court

Appendix C  Decision of State Supreme Court Denying Review

Appendix D  Order of State Supreme Court Denying Rehearing



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