What is the page limit for a court of appeals brief in Texas? What is the page limit for an appellate brief in Texas?

The Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure were changed in 2012. Before that amendment, an appellant’s brief and an appellee’s brief were both limited to 50 pages. See former Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 74(h). The 2012 amendment replaced the page limits with word limits. Under the current rules, an appellant’s brief and an appellee’s brief are both generally limited to 15,000 words, and an appellant’s reply brief is generally limited to 7,500 words (with certain sections of the briefs exempted from the word limit). See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.4(i)(2). In a civil case in the court of appeals, the aggregate of all briefs filed by a party is generally not allowed to exceed 27,000 words. See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.4(i)(2)(B). It is possible to file a motion requesting that the court of appeals permit more words than are generally allowed by the rules. See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.4(i)(4).

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