Fourth District Illinois Appellate Strikes Brief For Lack Of Citation To Record Or Authority

In Crull v. Sriratana, the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court serves a sobering reminder that all arguments must be supported by record citations and legal authority. In Crull, a medical malpractice case, the appellate court struck plaintiff’s reply brief for lack of appropriate citations.

Rejecting plaintiff’s Joycian stream of consciousness style, the court stated:

The rules of procedure concerning appellate briefs are not mere suggestions, and it is within this court’s discretion to strike the plaintiff’s brief for failing to comply with Supreme Court Rule 341 … Rule 341(j) , which authorizes an appellant to file a reply brief, provides as follows: “The reply brief, if any, shall be confined strictly to replying to arguments presented in the brief of appellee and need contain only [a]rgument.” 210 Ill.2d R. 341(j). Rule 341(h)(7) requires appellants to give reasons for their contentions “with citation of the authorities and the pages of the record relied on.” 210 Ill.2d R. 341(h)(7). This court has stated that “[s]trict adherence to the requirement of citing relevant pages of the record is necessary to expedite and facilitate the administration of justice.” … A contention that is supported by some argument but no authority does not meet the requirements of Rule 341 and is considered forfeited.

Read the whole case, Crull v. Sriratana, No. 4-06-0952 (10/11/07), by clicking here.