The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is accepting comments about a proposed amendment to Circuit Rule 32.4 concerning extra-length briefs.

After receiving public comments following recent amendments to the Federal Rules for Appellate Procedure involving word-count limits, the court decided not to opt out but to propose an amendment to Rule 32.4:

32.4 Motion for Extra-Length Briefs.

A motion to file a brief in excess of the page length or word-volume limitations must be filed at least 10 days in advance of the brief’s due date. The court looks upon such motions with great disfavor and will grant them only for extraordinary and compelling reasons. If a motion to file an extra-length brief is submitted, a draft copy of the brief must be submitted with the motion.

The court will accept written comments for consideration through March 6, mailed to Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, ATTN: Rule Changes, 600 South Maestri Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130 or emailed to

Read the full notice here.