Effective May 1, 2004, the Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee (AIDOAC) has directed that, for purposes of reimbursement of expenses, service copies of briefs and petitions normally should be stapled rather than bound.
With the implementation of TrueFiling, no binding expenses will be recommended in the Fifth District for any brief filed in that court on or after May 11, 2015, or in the Third District on or after September 14, 2015, unless the court has granted counsel a waiver for e-filing in their court.
Copies filed in the California Supreme Court must still be "bound" -- if stapled, the bound edge and staples must be completely covered with tape -- as required by the Rules of Court. (Rules 8.204(b)(8) [brief in Court of Appeal], 8.504(a) [petition for review], 29.1(b)(1) [Supreme Court brief on the merits], 8.360(a) [criminal brief], 8.412(a) [juvenile brief], 8.490(a)(1) [writ petition], 8.384(b)(1) [habeas corpus petition], and any rules incorporating those by reference.)
Local binding rates:
$70 per review petition filed
All service copies of a brief or petition should simply be stapled; one staple is sufficient, and it need not be taped over. This change will significantly reduce your binding costs (and thus will pass on to the Judiciary a savings in the cost of appeals).
No one wants to pay money out-of-pocket to cover costs that may not be reimbursed. Accordingly, CCAP urges panel members to use cost-efficient binding alternatives in accord with the above guidelines.