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For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact:
April 29, 2013 Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211

            The Supreme Court of the United States has adopted a revised version of the Rules of the Court.
 The revised version will take effect on July 1, 2013.

           The revisions to the Rules include several significant changes. Changes to Rules 15 and 18 modify the number of days the Clerk will wait until a case is distributed from 10 to 14, allowing petitioners more time to respond to a brief in opposition. Changes to Rule 37 emphasize that the notice requirement pertains only to petition stage amicus briefs and make clear that parties may file blanket consent. An addition to Rule 39 allows attorneys appointed by a state court to dispense with the filing of an affidavit of indigency.

           In addition, electronic transmission of documents to other parties at the time of filing is now required under Rule 29.3 (with some exceptions). Also, under Rule 21, motions in merits cases are now required to state the position on the disposition of the motion or application of the other party or parties to the case.

           Copies of the revisions are available from the Court's Public Information Office, the Court's website,, and various legal publishers.

           The attached document describes the revisions in more detail. The Clerk's comments are not part of the Rules, but are furnished to assist readers in understanding the changes.


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