IN RE AMENDMENT TO RULE 4-7 OF THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT AND COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS
hereby amend and republish Rule 4-7 of the Rules of the
Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of the State of Arkansas
as set out below. The amendments are effective immediately.
At the end of this order, the changes are set out in
"line-in, line-out fashion" (new material is
underlined; deleted material is lined-through).
4-7. Briefs in Postconviction and Certain Civil Appeals Where
Appellant is Incarcerated and Proceeding Pro Se
This rule shall govern pro se briefs filed by incarcerated
persons in appeals of Rule 37.1 postconviction orders and
civil appeals from the denial of relief with regard to
petitions for writs of habeas corpus, declaratory judgment,
mandamus, and other petitions pertaining to the
appellant's conviction of a criminal offense and/or
incarceration. Except for the provisions contained in this
rule, briefs filed by pro se parties shall otherwise comply
with the Rules of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Substantial compliance with this rule shall be sufficient.
Style of briefs.
(1) Briefs - Size - Paper -
Type. A pro se brief may be handwritten, typed or
produced with computer or word processing equipment. A
handwritten brief shall be clearly legible, shall not exceed
30 lines per page and 15 words per line with left-hand and
right-hand margins of at least 1½ inches and upper and
lower margins of at least 2 inches. Briefs shall be of
uniform size on 8½ x 11 inch paper and firmly bound on
the left hand margin by staples or other binding devices.
Typed briefs shall be double-spaced, except for quoted
material, which may be single-spaced and indented. Footnotes,
except quotations therein, shall be double-spaced. Use of
footnotes is not encouraged, and should be used sparingly.
Carbon copies are not acceptable, but copies produced by
offset printing, positive photocopy, or other dry photo
duplicating process which produces a clearly legible
black-on-white reproduction may be used. Each page in the
brief should be numbered sequentially with Page 1 being the
first page of the argument. The brief need not be signed by
(2) Length of argument. Unless leave of the Court is
first obtained, the argument portion of a brief shall not
exceed 30 double-spaced pages including the conclusion, if
any. The appellant's reply brief shall not exceed 15
double-spaced pages and shall not include any supplemental
Addendum unless permitted by the Court upon motion. Motions
for an expansion of the page limit must set forth the reason
or reasons for the request. The motion must specify the
number of additional pages requested.
(3) Affidavit. If the pro se appellant received assistance in
the preparation of the content of a brief, the brief shall
also be accompanied by a notarized affidavit that the
appellant has prepared it without the paid assistance of any
other prison inmate.
Contents of briefs.
Contents. The contents of the brief shall be in the
(A) Argument. The appellant shall state each issue
to be argued and then set out the argument in support of that
issue. All citations of decisions of any court must state the
name of the case and the volume number and page number where
the case may be found.
(B) Addendum. The appellant's brief shall
contain an Addendum, which consists of photocopies of
documents from the record. The Addendum shall include true
and legible photocopies of at least the original pleading,
order from which the appeal is taken, and the notice of
appeal. The appellee may prepare a supplemental Addendum if
material on which the appellant relies is not in the
appellant's Addendum. Only documents that are part of the
record lodged in the appeal may be included in the Addendum.
Cover for briefs. On the cover of the brief there should
appear the docket number and name of the case, the name of
the court from which the appeal is taken, the title of the