I have to race to the airport shortly — and every minute I type probably represent one more MPH above the speed limit that I’ll have to drive — so this will be a skeletal thought. I’ll try to flesh it out over the weekend.
Given Rodriguez and now Angell, CAAF shouldn’t change its rules in a way that makes it harder to invoke the court’s jurisdiction. The petition is the document that invokes the court’s jurisdiction. It should, therefore, be easy to file a petition. But CAAF’s proposed rules changes make it far harder to do so by marrying up the petition with the supp. Whether it should or shouldn’t, as a practical matter I’ll bet such a change has the effect of increasing the number of untimely filed petitions, since counsel will necessarily take longer to file a petition and supp rather than just a petition. And the more necessary steps, the more likely the ball is to be dropped at some point.
So if CAAF wants to expedite the initial grant/deny process, it should do so by reducing the number of days in which to file the supp after the petition is filed rather than requiring that the supp be filed along with the petition.