Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

always Appealing: The Future Is Nigh and Includes a Word Count and Larger Fonts

June 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Valerie Villacin

The future for appellate court practitioners in Washington begins September 1, 2021 when documents filed in our state appellate courts move from a page limit to a word count limit.1 Washington’s Supreme Court entered its order adopting the new word count limits and formatting requirements on December 2, 2020. In shifting to word count, the Supreme Court amended several rules of appellate procedure2 and adopted a new rule, RAP 18.17, as the single comprehensive rule covering all formatting and length limitations for documents filed in our state’s appellate courts.

When the new rules take effect, our appellate courts...

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