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Seeking Supreme Court Review – Who Gets the Last Word?

September 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Ian Cairns

Always Appealing” is a column addressing current issues in appellate practice and recent appellate cases written by the lawyers of Smith Goodfriend, PS, a Seattle law firm in Seattle that limits its practice to civil appeals and related trial court motions practice.

Unlike the cadence of a merits appeal — opening brief, response brief, reply brief — a party that files a petition for review with the Washington Supreme Court is not permitted to file a reply unless “the answering party seeks review of issues not raised in the petition for review.” RAP 13.4(d). Although this language appears straightforward, whether...

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