Publications & Presentations
October 2017
Many courts limit the length of filings.  Back when courts did this through page limits, lawyers were known to fiddle with their page margins, line spacing, and font sizes to squeeze in more words.  Once word processing software became the norm, permitting easy and precise word counts, smart judges realized that instead of straining their eyes to read tiny fonts, they could impose word limits instead of page limits, thereby removing incentive for stuffing more text onto a given page.  Word limits are not yet universal, though.  Many trial courts still impose page limits.

The first (and best) way to reduce word counts or pages is to aggressively edit.  This article provides some post-editing tips on how to meet word and page limit requirements without sacrificing content.

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