I'm having to write my first brief to the Atlanta district court
. I am appealing the dismissal of my case by the South Florida district court.
I'm much more comfortable reading and familiar with commercial legal self help books and a commercial legal dictionary.
Under rule 28(a) of the federal appellate
procedures there is the following:
"(3) a table of authorities—cases (alphabetically arranged), statutes, and other authorities—with references to the pages of the brief where they are cited; "
I also think I read some where that federal courts
don't allow citations from commercial self help books etc. Supposedly I recall the court only allows citation of existing law and case precedents.
Is it true that I'm restricted to citing only law and court documents?
Also I assume there must be some sort of legal terms dictionary the federal courts rely on for a standard. What might that be so I can use it and where would I find it on line?