Anatomy of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Rhode Island Supreme Court

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Process for submission of a Petition for Issuance of a Writ of Certiorari to Rhode Island Supreme Court, including timeline for submission of petition, Rule 12A pre-briefing statements, briefs and decisions.

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  • Great post. Thanks for the info, very helpful. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a writ of certiorari form, I found a blank form here www.supremecourt.gov and also here supreme writs
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Anatomy of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Rhode Island Supreme Court

  1. 1. The Anatomy of Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Rhode Island Supreme Court Copyright 2013, Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. · Attorney Advertising. Nicole J. Benjamin, Esquire nbenjamin@apslaw.com Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. One Citizens Plaza, 8th Floor Providence, RI 02903 (401) 274-7200 www.RIAppeals.com
  2. 2. Common-Law Petition Order, ruling or decision Petition for Issuance of Writ Memorandum in Opposition Within a reasonable time Davis v. Rhode Island Bd. of Regents, 399 A.2d 1247, 1249 (R.I. 1979) (petition will not be granted when there is an unreasonable and unexplained delay in seeking relief). 20 days R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 13(b) Reply Memorandum 10 days R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 13(c)
  3. 3. Order Granting or Denying Petition Order Granting Petition Petitioner’s Statement of the Case Respondent’s Counterstatement of the Case 15 days 20 days R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 13(e) and 12A(1) R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 12A(2) Order Denying Petition *Note: Petitioner is responsible for transmitting the record. R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 10 and 11.
  4. 4. Pre-briefing Conference Rule 12A Conference Assignment to Show Cause R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 12A(3)(a) Assignment to Regular Calendar Referral to Court Conference R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 12A(3)(c) R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 12A(3)(b) Case may be: Decided by the Court Assigned to Show Cause Assigned to Regular Calendar
  5. 5. Briefing Assignment to Show Cause Assignment to Regular Calendar 20 days* R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 12A(4) Petitioner’s Optional Supplemental Statement Respondent’s Optional Supplemental Counterstatement 10 days* R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 12A(4) * Unless otherwise ordered by the Court 40 days* R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 16(a) Petitioner’s Brief Respondent’s Brief 40 days* R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 16(b) Petitioner’s Reply Brief 20 days* R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 16(c)
  6. 6. Oral Argument – Show Cause Calendar 10 minutes R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 24(b) Petitioner’s Argument Petitioner’s Rebuttal Respondent’s Argument 10 minutes R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 24(b) 2 minutes R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 24(b)
  7. 7. Oral Argument – Regular Calendar 30 minutes R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 24(b) Petitioner’s Argument Petitioner’s Rebuttal Respondent’s Argument 30 minutes R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 24(b) 10 minutes R.I. Sup. Ct. R. App. P. 24(b)
  8. 8. Decision There is no deadline for the issuance of decisions. Most often, however, decisions are released by July, when the Court begins its summer hours.

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