Federal Local Rule Changes

The district court judges have apparently considered the motion requirements in light of electronic filing.  There was the view that some attorneys may try to get around the page limit in the brief by adding argument in the motion.  (No way.) The judges even considered one filing that joined the motion and the memorandum.  Instead, they settled on the following amendment to Rule 7

Rule 7.  Motions and Other Papers

(b) Motion Practice. . . . .
. . . .
(2) Filing, Deadlines, Proposed Orders. . . . .
. . . .
(B) Other than discovery motions under Rule 37, a motion may not exceed four pages, excluding exhibits, may contain only the grounds for the request and may not contain legal argument or citations to case law or other secondary authority.

My initial thought was that this appears to be overly restrictive.  After thinking about it, I can see that most motions will be much shorter if there was such a limitation.  This will be interesting.  I guess you can always file a 4 page motion for permission to exceed page limitation. Quite frankly, most motions filed could be shorter.

Comments are due in July.

One thought on “Federal Local Rule Changes

  1. The federal “motion” is a peg on which to hang exhibits. All the real argument happens in the memo. The motion should be confined to a plain-language statement of grounds for relief – 4 pages is plenty. (Note you can make your list of exhibits an exhibit itself; in a big SJ motion, that can eat up pages.)

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