Practice Pointer: De-Coding Appellate Briefs at the Federal Circuit

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure prescribe a strict scheme of regulations for documents submitted to courts. One such regulation mandates the colors of the front covers of litigants’ briefs. Like its sister courts, the Federal Circuit follow this scheme, which enables judges, clerks, and litigants to quickly identify briefs and reference them in conversation and at oral argument. Before submitting your briefs, make sure your cover pages match the scheme below:

Appellant’s BriefBlueAppellee’s BriefRedReply BriefGrayIntervenor or Amicus BriefGreenSupplemental BriefTan