Published on: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court rescinded rules that had relaxed certain procedural requirements, eased filing deadlines and paper filings during the pandemic, but the building remains closed to lawyers and the public, and there’s no word yet on resuming in-person arguments next term (article available here).

The 150-day extension for filing petitions for certiorari (requests for Supreme Court review) put in place in March 2020 will no longer apply for cases decided on or after July 19, according to a two-page order released on Monday. Petitions seeking Supreme Court review return to the 90-day filing deadline (the norm under the Supreme Court’s rules). 

Beginning September 1, 2021, certain documents must be submitted in booklet format and in multiple copies as specified under the court’s rules (Rule 33.1). Single copies on letter paper as set forth in the Court's April 15, 2020 order will no longer be allowed. Litigants will again have to file 40 paper copies to get the matter distributed among the justices and other court staff.

The order reinstates rules requiring service of process in-person, rather than electronically.