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Appeals to the Court of Appeal - Frequently Asked Questions
(Unlimited Civil, Probate, Family, Felony)

1. What is an appeal?
2. How do I file an appeal?
3. Where do I file my appeal?
4. When can I file my appeal?
5. What is the filing fee?

1. What is an appeal?

An appeal is a request to a higher court to review a decision made by a lower court. An appeal is not a new trial or rehearing. You will not be permitted to introduce new evidence. The higher court (known as the appellate court) can only determine if the lower court (or trial court) made a legal error in giving its decision. (Exception: Small Claims appeals are scheduled for a new trial.)

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2. How do I file an appeal?

The first step in the appeal process is filing the written Notice of Appeal.  This notice tells the other parties in the case and the court that you are appealing a decision of the trial court.  The Notice of Appeal may be written on pleading paper or can be made by completing the form specific for the type of case you are appealing. 

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3. Where do I file my appeal?

To determine where to file your notice of appeal, visit our Where to File page.

4. When can I file my appeal?

Timelines for appeal depend on the type of case you are appealing.  Click here for more information.

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