Seventh Circuit Rule 30(a) requires an appellant to “append to [its] opening brief the judgment under review and its adjoining findings of fact and conclusions of law.” Rule 30(b) further requires an appellant to include any other opinions or orders that bear on the issues on appeal, and subparagraph (d) requires an appellant to certify that it has met the requirements of the rule.
Let Jaworski v. Master Hand Contractors, Inc., No. 16-3601 (7th Cir. Feb. 15, 2018), serve as a warning to any would-be scofflaws of Circuit Rule 30. The decision, written by Judge Diane Sykes, sanctioned the appellant, Master Hand Contractors, for failing “to submit critical district-court opinions with its opening brief.” Slip op. 2. “The purpose of an appeal,” the court explained, “is to evaluate the reasoning and result reached by the district court.” Id. at 4. The court cannot “do this job,” however, “if the written orders and transcript pages containing the appealed decision are not before [it].” Id.