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The following are common mistakes that lawyers make when practicing before the high court, according to the clerk’s office of the Supreme Court of Georgia, with input from Justice Leah W. Sears. 1. Attorneys and their staffs do not read the court’s rules before calling the clerk’s office for information that is readily available in the rules. Many attorneys have not filed a case recently with the Supreme Court and are unaware of updated rules. 2. Information needed to identify a case is not readily available on the front cover of the brief, as required. 3. Practitioners do not read the docket notices that they receive from the court. The notices contain helpful information and can refer an attorney to specific rules. 4. Some attorneys wait until the last minute to file important papers with the court or to ask for an extension of time. 5. Sometimes briefs are not collated well. Pages are loose, not stapled or held with lightweight brads. 6. Attorneys and their representatives argue with the clerk’s office about the rules, insisting that the rules are different than they are. 7. Many people call the clerk’s personnel and give verbal information that may be communicated to the court only in writing. 8. People call and want interpretations of opinions and other decisions of the court. 9. Others call and ask to speak to justices or law clerks directly concerning a case. 10. Attorneys submitting briefs often write too much. Many briefs are not focused and too much information is offered about issues that are not primary.

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