Civil Appeals

After a civil trial is completed, a motion for new trial is filed with the court. At that point, the trial court has 120 days to send the records to the Court of Appeals.

Once records are received, the party appealing has 30 days to write a brief and the opposing party then has 30 days to respond.

Keep in mind that either side can request additional time to prepare a brief so that could delay the process.

Oral arguments can then be requested.

After that, then the Court of Appeals can rule. The entire process takes nine to 15 months on average.

Just like in criminal appeals, there are strict deadlines that must be followed so as not to jeopardize the appeal.

Contact our lawyers if you are considering an appeal in a civil or criminal case.