General standards for the correct layout of an appellate brief include a cover page, a table of contents and a set order of subjects, according to Duke Law. The formatting and typesetting guidelines for an appellate brief vary slightly according to the state and the type of court.Continue Reading
An appellate brief should have a captioned cover page, a table of contents, a table of authorities and a jurisdictional statement. The brief also needs to include the text of statutes and regulations relevant to the case, explains Duke Law.
The brief should contain questions presented on appeal, a statement of the case, reports Duke Law. The appeal contains a short summary, the detailed argument arranged with headings and a conclusion. For some cases, a fourth section may include appendices and references. Additionally, an appellate brief must adhere to formatting rules for the specific court, as each court has different guidelines.Learn more about Law