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Explains the purpose and construction of the rules against the background of case law and statutes pertinent to each rule. Includes practical observations, plus chronological and topical summaries to aid appellate attorneys in processing their cases. Each section ends with a collection of suggested general reading for further background on selected topics. A large volume of cases pass through the Appellate Court each year, giving rise to an almost unprecedented number of written opinions. The result of this activity is a tremendous volume of appellate law, both substantive and procedural. This edition addresses the changes, and guides you through them.