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W.Va. Supreme Court seeks tidier appeals

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says some lawyers need to do their homework.

The high court on Monday issued an administrative order Monday criticizing sloppy and frivolous appeals that include legal briefs filed without legal citations and appeals with only minimal arguments.

Chief Justice Menis Ketchum says the court is receiving numerous briefs “that you can’t make heads or tails out of.”

The court says appeals shouldn’t be filed unless a lawyer believes in good faith that a lower court committed an error.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports lawyers could receive warnings or risk having their cases thrown out if they don’t do a better job.

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