As of May 14, SCOTUS is proposing changing its Rules, one of which includes mandating the use of “New Century Schoolbook” (NCS) font, which is not even part of the standard package of fonts offered by either MS Word or Wordperfect (a/k/a the Bane of Mankind).

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Of curious note, it appears this font is trademarked by Linotype, leading to an interesting question of the propriety of SCOTUS requiring parties to conform to a rule which solely benefits a private company.

Beyond the questionable monetary effects of this rule, this proposed requirement is nonetheless mildly vexing. There are several other, more pleasing and “bookish” fonts already available in MS Word and Wordperfect, including Garamond, Century, Book Antiqua, and Bookman Old Style, if SCOTUS merely wished to make the briefs more readable.

After comparing printouts of NCS to Garamond, Century, Book Antiqua, and Bookman Old Style, it appears that there is no distinguishable difference (in print at least) between Century (which is already loaded in MS Word and Wordperfect) and NCS.

No thx to SCOTUS and thx to the WSJ LawBlog

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