When filing a writ petition to the Supreme Court, there are some essential factors to keep in mind and to be followed without which the petition might get rejected. While it is not always possible for the general public to know the details of it, legal professionals must be contacted for guidance. Supreme Court is a busy body, and is often piled up with hundreds of petitions and that’s certainly not an easy task. It takes time to check, approve and accept them all. Amidst that pile of papers, writ of petition is one of the most regularly submitted papers, and needless to say, not all petition of certiorari gets approved and accepted. What is writ of certiorari? A writ of certiorari is a legal document by which it is ordered to a lower court to deliver its record in a case so that the higher court may review it. The U.S. Supreme Court uses certiorari to select most of the cases it hears. The writ of certiorari is a common law writ, which may be abrogated or controlled entirely by statute or court rules. How to format a writ? According to the United States Supreme Court Rule 33(1) (c), it is a must to follow a particular format to get it approved at one go. The basic format isn’t known to everyone, and hence, it is advisable to either make a guideline or get it done by professionals. Requirements to remember when producing a petition of certiorari:
  • The papers used must be fully opaque and unglazed.
  • A margin of at least ¾ inch must be maintained on all sides of the paper.
  • The footnotes and text field must measure 4⅛ by 7⅛ inches.
  • Before presenting it to the Supreme Court, it must be produced in a booklet format.
  • The booklet must be maintained at a standard size of 6⅛ by 9¼ inches.
  • The booklet must not weight less than 60 pounds.
  • The cover of the brief must be of 65-pound weight paper.
What about the binding? Quite similar to the paper type, size and weight, the binding type too is important as far as writ format of Supreme Court is concerned. Types of binding: There are typically two ways to bind the papers – saddle stitch and perfect binding. It depends entirely up to counsel for the litigant which one of the two binding types is to be adopted. Particulars about saddle stitch and perfect binding:
  • Saddle stitch is easier to bind but harder to print as compared to that in case of perfect binding.
  • In perfect binding, 8.5″x 11″ sized paper can be adjusted to get the 6.125″x 9.25″ size paper version with the use of tape binding. In case of saddle stitch, a large format printer is must, as 12.25″x9.25″ size papers can never fit into a regular printer.
  • No part of the binding should obscure the text in the documents.
  • Spiral, metal, plastic or string bindings are strictly prohibited.]
If you feel this is difficult for you to get the petition of certiorari done all by yourself, and if you are looking for professional help, get in touch with Supreme Court Paper on http://supremecourtpaper.com or at 1 (855) 776-3800 for more.