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I am drafting an initial brief for the South...

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3 Aug 2021

I am drafting an initial brief for the South Carolina appellate court. There are sections in the brief where I type out dialogue that transpired in the proceedings. This dialogue is somewhat lengthy (10+ lines) and there is a part where I type out some sections of the expert witness report. This is lengthy.I typed these out because I feel it is necessary to have it incorporated in the brief. Is this improper to to?
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Ben S.
Ben S.
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I am sorry to read about your uncertainty and I hope we can address the matter here.

I have read your question. Are you asking if there is a rule that prohibits the inclusion in initial briefs of lengthy dialogue?

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Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
Yes
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Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
Or of there is some unwritten rule regarding the matter
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Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
Like it being against best practice?
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3 Aug 2021
Ben S.
Ben S.
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Thank you for clarifying.

There is no written rule that prohibits this. There is a rule that sets a 50-page limit on the initial brief, so you have to keep that in mind.

As for an unwritten rule - there is no such rule either.

As for best practice, you just have to be careful not to bore the appellate justices to tears with lengthy dialogue, that might include irrelevant back-and-forth. So it's good practice to be judicious and only include what is necessary to make your point clearly and convincingly. You might also consider summarizing what was said rather than including a lengthy dialogue. 10-15 lines would not be all that long.

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3 Aug 2021
Perfect. It certainly isn’t boring. So point taken. I will use my best judgment
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Thank you. 5 stars
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Ben S.
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