Paula R. Hicks


Missouri Supreme Court Rule 84.04(d) provides that appellate briefs must contain "points relied on," the purpose of which is to inform the court and the party-opponent of the specific issues of the case. Despite the efforts of the courts, many attorneys have continued to make the same errors, which has often resulted in the dismissal of individual points relied on, and sometimes the dismissal of entire appeals.' This note suggests that incorporating five decades of case law into the language of Rule 84.04(d) would give practitioners better notice of the rule's requirements, which would lead to fewer violations of those requirements.'" As a result, the purpose of Missouri's points relied on rule would be more fully served."

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