If you look at the alternatives in this chapter and you still prefer Times New Roman or other system fonts, I won`t think less of you. I even accept that there are situations such as emails and design documents where system fonts are the best option. It`s Times New Roman, of course, the ubiquitous writing of thoughtful lawyers. It is found on almost every PC in the world because it is a system writing on pc and Mac. More importantly, it has long been the standard type of font for Microsoft Word, which is itself the standard word processor for lawyers nationwide. (In 2007, Microsoft Times replaced New Roman with a new serif-free font called Calibri. As writing without serif the small feet – serifen – are missing at the ends of the letters. This makes it better suited to on-screen reading, but worse for print playback.) If you have the choice to use Times New Roman, please stop. Use something else. . . . Times New Roman connotes apathy.
You`re not apathetic. I thought now that everyone knows that lawyers should avoid using Times New Roman as a police force for their legal documents. But I had a conversation with an experienced lawyer about choosing to write in letters of appeal, and this experienced lawyer tried to tell me that the police don`t matter. “Leave it on Times New Roman,” said the experienced lawyer. “It`s the habit that judges are used to; That is what they expect. There is no reason to shake it. And maybe it`s true. Perhaps judge, after seeing thousands of court documents, simply “accustomed” and “wait” for those letters to look for a certain way. Of course, most dishes don`t go that far. Most dishes simply require a “readable” font of a certain size (usually at least 12 points). Does this mean that you should go ahead and use the New Roman times by default – because that`s what judges “expect?” No no. Not at all. But don`t take my word for it. You can also see other lawyers as a guide.
After the change in Virginia, the ABA Journal asked its readers to incriminate their favorite legal policies. There were a lot of Fans of Century Schoolbook (which lawyer doesn`t want to feel like a Supreme Court judge when they end up typing?), as well as Cambria, Garamond and Times New Roman users. If you are looking for a list of satisfactory fonts, this is plentiful. Arial, Tahoma and Verdana have you covered for basic, bold and blocky fonts, while Palatino and Century have a smooth and sophisticated serife to them. You can also see fonts that other dishes use themselves. The Supreme Court goes with Century Schoolbook for its opinions, Lucida without typewriter for its daily orders. The Arkansas Supreme Court loves Garamond, and circuit First and Fourth uses Courier. (The Seventh Circuit has a seven-page guide on typography for those who want to do a deeper dive.) One commentator said, “If judges and other court officers are to accept handwriting, then fonts should not play too important a role.” The commentator was an Arial user. Updated: A savvy reader, Brad, says the Supreme Court will not allow you to file letters in Times New Roman.
In this case, you also cannot use the fonts mentioned in this article. Rule 33 (1) (b) of the Supreme Court requires that you instead use a policy in the Century family (such as New Century Schoolbook) which is set at 12 points. At least it`s not Comic Sans that`s reserved for Cleveland Cavalier owner Dan Gilbert. Think about the impression you want to give (and if you have any doubts about the effect a font can have, make a short video through these typographical posters). Consider the expected audience, your own brand identity and the surrounding color and design. Writings can have very different personalities. Helvetica, for example, is clean, crisp and neutral. Gill Sans has a sense of authority voice from the 1950s (the BBC uses it and is also very close to the now ubiquitous Keep Calm and Carry On Poster).