Steps in a civil appeal
These are the basic steps in an appeal. Many steps, like filings, have strict deadlines. If you do file a notice of appeal, and you don't want to move forward, at any point you can cancel (abandon) your appeal.
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1. Figure out if you can appeal
Make sure you're allowed to appeal and that you've met the deadlines.
2. File the notice of appeal
Let the superior court and the other side know that you are appealing the court's decision.
3. Designate the record and other filings
Let the superior court know what records to send to the appellate court. If your case is in the Court of Appeal, file a civil case information.
4. Prepare and file a brief
Prepare written documents that explain what the legal error was and how it changed the outcome of the case.
5. Oral argument
Find out what happens in an oral argument and decide if you want to have one.
6. Get the appellate court decision
When to expect the court's decision, and what happens if you lost or if you won.