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Before you call the clerk’s office: Have you checked the Handbook?

Often we post on this blog about court opinions. But today we’re making a public service announcement: Before you call the clerk’s office with a question, have you checked the D.C. Circuit Handbook?

Don’t let its boring cover fool you. The Handbook has guidance on everything from unpublished opinions (you may argue that they’re “binding precedent on a particular issue”), to glossaries (you must have one for abbreviations and obscure acronyms), to obscure acronyms (on second thought, says the Handbook, just avoid them), to rehearing petitions (“very few” are granted, which is an understatement). It’s written in a simple prose style that often clarifies the rules. It also provides extra color.

Don’t miss it!