A reflection on the changes to the rules governing the filing of amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court.
Each new year typically comes with slight changes to the rules of appellate procedure, and 2023 was no exception. This year, the Supreme Court rolled out new rules for parties who file amicus curiae briefs. Thankfully, the changes made it much easier to be friends with the Golden Girls (and Boys) on the Court.
The requirements for filing amicus briefs are found in Supreme Court Rule 37. The changes to the rule deal with the requirements for filing amicus briefs before the Court’s consideration of a petition for writ of certiorari (i.e. cert stage briefs), and the rules for filing amicus briefs filed after cert has been granted but before oral argument (i.e. merits briefs). See Rules 37.2 & 37.3.