Crunch Time: Avoiding Rush Proofs

PrintingHouse Press is in the business of compiling documents from lower Court records and assembling a Record on Appeal that is compliant with Appellate Division Rules. What this typically means is that our clients provide complete copies of the documents that were filed in the Supreme Court and then we, in turn, transform these separate documents into a single Record on Appeal. The Record will then be utilized by the parties to the appeal in citing to the documents referenced in their briefs. This process typically takes 2-3 business days and our clients are then provided with a proof copy of what will likely be the final Record on Appeal.

However, there are occasions when attorneys contact us only days prior to their perfection deadlines with a need to perfect the appeal on a rush basis. The process on our end does not change. The issue is that our processes must be expedited. We essentially are forced into a situation in which the client may need a proof of his/her Record within 1 day (or even later the same day). Why? Because in order to finalize the appellate brief, the attorney needs the proof in order to insert his/her hereinabove referenced citations. In order to give the attorney time on his/her end, we have to turn around that proof extraordinarily quickly. If there are any changes to be made to the proof, they too have to be done quickly in order to have time to print the final run, accounting for the requisite number of copies that the Court requires both for service and filing.

In order to avoid these rush situations, we try to encourage our clients to provide the documents for the Records on Appeal well in advance of their filing deadlines. That way, they have the proofs from us in plenty of time to finalize both the Record and their briefs. Moreover, it allows for efficient editing of both and avoids any potential priority charges or last minute emergencies.