Saddle Stitch or Perfect Binding?

It’s entirely up to you.  But here are the considerations. Saddle stitch is harder to print, easier to bind.  Perfect binding is easier to print, harder to bind.  For perfect binding, your regular printer that can print up to 8.5″x11″ paper will do the trick.  You’ll just adjust the guides in the paper tray to fit the smaller 6.125″x9.25″ paper.  But then you’ll need to take that paper to a shop that will apply a perfect binding (tape binding will probably work here too), which involves heat and glue. For saddle stitch, you will need a large-format printer.  The reason: no matter which way you turn it, 12.25″x9.25″ is just barely too big for a regular printer.  (Usually, the dimension that fails is the 9.25″, as your 12.25″ side will fit in most printers that can print 8.5″x14″ [legal] paper.  But the width cannot exceed 8.66″.)  But, once you’ve got it printed, all that you need is a stapler with a long arm, and your petition is bound!

I’m going to lose. Should I really file this?

Only you can decide that.  But we’re here to make that decision easier.  If you are looking at risking over $2,000 just to file your petition, plus whatever you are forgoing in a potential settlement, the decision is very different than if you are looking at risking less than $750 (including the filing fee).  The way we think about this is a game-theory concept called minimax regret. Basically, you want to minimize regretting your decision in the worst-case scenario. We’re here to help–if you file and lose, and spend less money doing that, you’ll have less to regret!

Who are you guys? How’d you figure this out?

Glad you should ask. The principal of Supreme Court Paper is a former lawyer who was involved in some litigation, and had practiced in multiple appellate courts, but never the Supreme Court.  A case came around where it made sense to file a petition for writ of certiorari if that could be done for under $1,000.  We started our research, read through all the rules, called the Supreme Court clerk, and then found Aaron Greenspan’s blog, entitled Petitioning Rube Goldberg’s Supreme Court.  Armed with those answers, we decided to go on a different path than Aaron did — find the right paper, use good ol’ Microsoft Word, put the paper in the printer, print, and bind.  And that we did.  Now we want to leverage that hard work for you.