Some Courts Are Living in the Past, Insisting on Typewriter Fonts


From the Boston Globe:

[The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court] is one of only five state high courts that still issue opinions in Courier. And Massachusetts is one of only three states—along with Alabama and New Jersey—that essentially force appeals court attorneys to file their briefs in the font.

(h/t Bryan Garner)

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  • George Wrong

    This is true in Alabama. We don’t usually have things in common with Massachusetts and New Jersey, and I wish it were one less thing now that I know we join them in the club of requiring briefs in Courier font. (Alabama’s rule actually says “Courier New,” but there is nothing “new” about Courier.)

  • Louie Right

    Insisting on using the Courier font isn’t the only ridiculous appellate court requirement. I just finished filing and serving a 500 page record and brief in a mid-level NYS appellate court: the printing and binding bill was about $2500. It is utterly absurd that in this day and age our appellate courts have not gone to electronic filing of the record and briefs.