Supreme Court FAQs
Where is the Supreme Court located?
2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001
Where do I get a bar application?
Applications and the rules regarding admission are available at the Wyoming State Bar website under the “Admissions” tab:
Where do I make a formal complaint about my attorney?
Complaints are made to Disciplinary Counsel at the Wyoming State Bar website under the “Complaints” tab:
Where do I make a formal complaint about a Justice, District Judge, Circuit Court Judge, Court Commissioner, Magistrate; Municipal Court Judge or other judicial officer?
Contact the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics for Wyoming. For more information you can visit the Commission’s website at
http://judicialconduct.wyo.us/. The Commission does not govern the federal judiciary.
Wendy Soto, Executive Director
How much is the docket fee?
The docket fee for filing an appeal or a petition for review in the Wyoming Supreme Court is $95.00. When
filing the notice of appeal in district court, the appellant gives the docket fee (payable to Clerk, Wyoming Supreme Court), to the district court clerk
at that time. The clerk will forward the check to the Supreme Court when the appeal is ready to be docketed. If you are filing a petition for review in
the Supreme Court, include the docket fee with the petition and copies. Original proceedings are not electronically filed at this time.
How many copies do I send?
After acceptance of an electronically filed document, the original plus six copies of any motion,
brief, response to a petition for review or other pleading are required in the Supreme Court. (See Rule 1.01, W.R.A.P.) The only exceptions are motions
for extension of time to file brief and motions for voluntary dismissals of cases that have not been briefed. These motions are not conference
matters and do not go before the entire Court, the filer need only send one original.
I e-filed my brief, why do I have to send copies?
The electronic docket provides public access to cases before the Court. The hard copies are still used in
the same manner as they always have, the justices and law clerks read them for decision making and crafting
an opinion, the judicial assistants use them to verify information. The original copy of each pleading is part
of the permanent record of the case which eventually goes to the Wyoming State Archives.
Can I check out the record?
The record remains in the district court until all briefs have been filed, at which time the Supreme Court
requests those portions of the record on appeal that has been designated by the parties from the district
court. The record may be checked out from the district court to prepare briefs. See Rule 3.05, W.R.A.P.
and Rule 3.09, W.R.A.P.
How do I cite to the record?
The clerk of district court should have provided an index to the record at the time the case is
docketed in the Supreme Court. (Rule 3.05(a)) You may use the page numbers on the index. Although
the entire record won't be sent to the Supreme Court, the clerks do not renumber the record after
receiving the designations from counsel.
What size paper do I use?
All documents filed in the Supreme Court should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. See Rule 1.01(b), W.R.A.P.
When attaching pleadings prepared on 8 /12 x 14, they are to be reduced to 8 1/2 " x 11" paper.
When is my brief due?
Our system does the work for you! Go to the Electronic Docket on the Judicial Branch home page. Enter the complete docket
number S-XX-XXXX or name of a party and click on “Search.” Scroll down the page to “Tickler Information” and you will see
any due dates on the calendar
What do I attach to my brief?
The required attachment is the order or judgment from which the appeal is being taken. See Rule 7.01(j), W.R.A.P. Don't
attach copies of other documents which will be designated and found in the record. Attachments on a brief are not
a substitute for the designation of record. Likewise, don't attach copies of depositions or other documents that
were never made part of the record in district court.
Will you fax me a copy of an opinion/brief?
The Clerk's office will not fax documents. Published opinions are available on the Court website. Recent opinions
can be accessed from the main page. From July 1, 2008, forward, you will find case-specific documents electronically
filed and beginning November 1, 2010, the Court began posting orders entered in cases. As for other documents unavailable
online, we will make requested copies at $ .50 per page for photocopying costs.
My brief is due tomorrow, can I fax you a copy? How about e-mail?
No, the Supreme Court instituted mandatory electronic filing for all attorneys.
Wyoming Rules of Appellate Procedure 1.07 prohibits fax filings in the Supreme Court.
How long will it take for the Court to decide my case?
Generally, you can expect a case to be under advisement approximately six to nine months.
This is not an exact timeframe because there can be many variables such as the number of
issues raised in the appeal, if it is a case of first impression for the Court or the size
of the current court docket.
Can I get copies of old Supreme Court briefs?
Yes, if you are looking for an older case, those files are retained by the Wyoming State Archives.
There is a charge for copying; you may contact the State Archives for more information at:
Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics
P.O. Box 2645
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Fax (307) 778-8689
Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources
Is this where I get a Certificate of Good Standing?
If you are applying for admission to another jurisdiction and are a member of the Wyoming Bar,
you may be asked to provide a Certificate of Good Standing under the seal of the highest court
in the state. The Clerk's office issues the certificate, there is a charge of $10.00 for each
certificate issued. Please include payment with your request.
I have a legal problem, can I talk to one of the lawyers there at the Supreme Court?
No, the law clerks and Justices cannot provide legal advice.
Can I get a form from you?
Currently, there are only a few forms approved by the Supreme Court, most are found in the
pro se divorce packets. You can download the forms found in the Self Help Center
on the Judicial Branch website. The packet can also be obtained from the District Court Clerks.
The cost for each packet is $ 10.00.
I lost my case and for my appeal I have some evidence I want the Justices to look over. Can I send it up to the Supreme Court?
No, the Supreme Court will look at the same record that the lower court used in
deciding the case. The Supreme Court does not take evidence like a trial court.
I cannot afford a lawyer, can I get a pro bono attorney to represent me?
Possibly. Contact the Wyoming State Bar at:
If you go to the website, click on Need a Lawyer?. You can find out if you may
qualify for help. If you do not, there are links to other organizations that may be able to help you.
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
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