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Rule 7. Contents of Briefs

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Procedure for Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Procedure for Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions (Refs & Annos)
17C A.R.S. J. Review Admin. Dec., Rule 7
Rule 7. Contents of Briefs
(a) Appellant's Opening Brief. An appellant's opening brief must set forth, under the following headings and in the following order, all of the items listed below:
1. A short “introduction” if desired.
2. A “statement of the case” indicating briefly and concisely the nature of the case, the course of the proceedings and the decision of the administrative agency from which the appeal is taken and the basis of the court's jurisdiction. The statement of the case must include appropriate references to the record.
3. A “statement of the facts” that are relevant to the issues presented for review, with appropriate references to the record. A party may combine a statement of facts with the statement of the case.
4. A “statement of the issues” presented for review. The statement of issues presented for review includes every subsidiary issue fairly comprised within the statement.
5. An “argument” that must contain appellant's contentions concerning each issue presented for review, with supporting reasons for each contention and with citations of legal authorities and appropriate references to the portions of the record on which appellant relies. The argument may include a summary.
6. A short “conclusion” stating the precise relief sought and a request for attorney's fees, if applicable.
(b) Appellee's Answering Brief. The appellee's answering brief must conform to the requirements of subparagraph (a), except that it does not need to include a statement of the case, a statement of the facts, or a statement of the issues, unless the appellee finds the appellant's statements to be insufficient or incorrect.
(c) Appellant's Reply Brief. Appellant may file a reply brief. The reply must be confined strictly to rebuttal of points made in the appellee's answering brief.


Added Sept. 30, 1993, effective Dec. 1, 1993. Amended on an emergency basis Aug. 30, 2012, effective July 1, 2013, amendment adopted on a permanent basis Dec. 10, 2012; Aug. 31, 2017, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
17C A. R. S. J. Review Admin. Dec., Rule 7, AZ ST J REVIEW ADMIN DEC Rule 7
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through September 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through September 15, 2023.
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