Adequacy of Brief of Appellant


May v. May,[Ms. 2180076, June 21, 2019] __ So. 3d __ (Ala. Civ. App. 2019). A unanimous Court of Civil Appeals issues a stern rebuke of counsel for a woefully inadequate brief of the appellant submitted on behalf of the husband. The court observed “Rule 28(a), Ala. R. App. P., sets forth what an appellant’s brief ‘shall contain.’ The rule is not merely a suggestion as to what one might wish to include in a brief. Rule 28(a) mandates that the appellant include certain specific information necessary for this court to conduct a meaningful review of the matter before us.” Ms. *2. The court issued a $1500 sanction and instructed that the sanction was to be paid by the husband’s attorney, not the husband. Ms. *9.

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