Most appellate courts view dismissal as a harsh remedy for filing a brief late. Find out the chances your case might be dismissed if this happens.
What happens if a brief is filed late?
If a brief is filed late the appeal could be dismissed. That said, most appellate courts view dismissal as a harsh remedy for missing a deadline to file a brief, especially since missing a deadline is usually the fault of the attorney and not the client. Most appellate courts will accept the late brief if there is at least some explanation as to why the brief was not filed on time and other deadlines in the appeal have not been missed.
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