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A court has reprimanded lawyers for using the typeface Garamond to fit more words into page-limited filings.

Lawyers in Washington, D.C. were technically within the rules in using Garamond, which is slightly smaller than similar typefaces such as Times New Roman.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had only told lawyers to use any proportional typeface so long as it has serifs and is at least 14 points in size.

However, the court has now revised the rules to put a stop to a long-standing practice of using Garamond as a last resort for page filings, Ars Technica reports.

A notice has been issued to lawyers “to encourage the use of typefaces that are easier to read and to discourage use of Garamond”.