Delays often occur during the briefing schedule as well. After the record on appeal is filed, appellants have 40 days to file their brief and appendix. Thereafter, respondents have 30 days to file their response brief and appellants have 15 days after that to file their reply brief. Appellate lawyers often ask for extensions of these deadlines, and I have learned over time that it is fruitless to oppose such motions. I have often seen the Court of Appeals accept heavy workload as an excuse, even though such excuses would never fly with most trial court judges. Then again, I appreciate this leniency when I really need it, such as when I sought an extension for filing Appellants' Brief And Appendix in Melchert because my former office (which was in a basement) had flooded and remained in an unsafe condition for over a week.
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