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Civil Appellate Process

How do I file an appeal?

An appeal is filed by filing a signed Notice of Appeal in the superior court. (California Rules of Court, Rule 8.100.)

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When do I file my appeal?

The deadline for filing an appeal depends on several factors so we recommend consultation with a certified appellate specialist to preserve your appeal by filing on time.

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What color is my brief?

California Rules of Court, Rule 8.40 is specific about brief cover colors and information required on the covers, depending on whether you are the appellant or respondent, which court, and what type of document.

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Steps for Filing an Appeal

We recommend consulting with a Certified Appellate Specialist before filing an appeal because any missteps can result in your notice of appeal being rejected and dismissal of the appeal without further recourse. The following steps are not dispositive and may change depending on your particular circumstances.

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Motion for a New Trial

The timeline for filing an appeal after the denial of a motion for a new trial is complicated and depends on the specific facts of each case. This brief article illustrates some of the perils and pitfalls of filing a timely notice of appeal and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a certified appellate specialist in order to ensure that you file the notice of appeal on time and meet all of the relevant deadlines.

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Motion to Vacate Judgment

The timeline for filing an appeal following the denial of a motion to vacate judgment is complicated and depends on the specific facts of each case. This brief article illustrates some of the perils and pitfalls of filing a timely notice of appeal and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a certified appellate specialist in order to ensure that you file the notice of appeal on time and meet all of the relevant deadlines.

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