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Case Number.
When your notice of appeal is received from the U.S. District Court or U.S. Tax Court, or your petition for review or original proceeding is received in the Clerk’s Office and is deemed compliant with the rules of the Court, a case number is assigned that consists of numbers and letters (alpha characters).
When your case is docketed, you will receive:
• Certificate of Service form, if necessary
• Certificate of Interested Persons form
• In Forma Pauperis application form, if necessary
• If there were no hearings in the lower court from which a transcript could be made, you will receive:
Notice of the deadline for filing your opening brief on appeal
Briefing checklist. A checklist of the requirements of the contents of a brief in the Eleventh Circuit
Instructions for Preparing an Appendix, unless you are incarcerated, in which case you do not need to file an appendix.

Other Initiating Matters: (if applicable)
• A Transcript Information Form can be obtained from the district court or from this Court’s website at www.ca11.uscourts.gov
• Certificate of Appealability (COA) – see Section 4 of “General Information”

Change of address. It is your responsibility to immediately advise the Clerk’s Office of any change in your address.
Filing and Docketing fees. You must pay the fees set out as follows, unless you ask that the fees be waived (proceeding in forma pauperis):
• For appeals from a U.S. District Court, you must pay the $505.00 filing and docketing fees to the District Court.
• For petitions for review of agency orders and certain original proceedings filed in this Court, you must pay the $500 docketing fee to this Court.
• For appeals from the U.S. Tax Court, you must pay the $500 docketing fee to the Tax Court.
Instructions for filing a motion to proceed in forma pauperis are included in the “General Information” section of this document. If your motion to proceed in forma pauperis is denied, and you do not pay the fee, your case will be dismissed for want of prosecution.

Please see www.ca11.uscourts.gov/fee-schedules for additional fee information.

Opening brief.
You must file your opening brief by the date stated on the notice from the Clerk. A brief received before the due date that is not in compliance, will be returned with the suggestion to correct the brief and file at the designated time.

Reply brief.
While not required, if you wish to file a reply to the opposing party’s brief, you must do so within 21 days of the service date of that brief.

Habeas cases.
If you are appealing from an action filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or § 2255, or are a state prisoner appealing the denial of a 28 U.S.C. § 2241 habeas petition, you must first obtain a certificate of appealability (COA) regarding any issues you wish to raise in your brief. If the District Court has denied a COA, you may request a COA from this Court, although you are not required to do so. 11th Cir. R. 22-1. See the “General Information” section for more information.

Completion of briefing.
Once all the briefs are filed, the case will be submitted to a panel of three judges. Unless the case is classed for oral argument, your case will be decided on the information included in the briefs and the record. FRAP 34(a). If the judges decide oral argument would be beneficial to the Court, you will receive notice from the Clerk’s Office regarding the placement of the case on a hearing calendar.

Final decision.
When the judges have decided your case, you will receive a notice from the Clerk’s Office along with a copy of the Court’s ruling.

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