About the Appeal Stage
When necessary, the appeal stage is the final step in the litigation process. It begins when the party that loses at trial asks a higher court to review a judge’s decision. The party filing the appeal is called an appellant or petitioner, and the party that won in the lower court is the appellee or respondent. These parties make their arguments to the appellate court through a series of briefs.
Things to know about appeals
Nothing kills an appeal faster than a missed due date. Be sure every document is on time, from the Notice of Appeal (where required) to your final brief. Proper formatting of briefs is also important. Appellate courts are strict about font sizes, page limits, and items that must be included in your documents. To be successful at this stage, do your research. Know the rules of appellate procedure in your jurisdiction.
Courtroom5 can help
Use the litigation tools in Courtroom5 to create your own formatted documents for appellate briefs and certiorari petitions. Learn to navigate the litigation process, store filings online, and more.
- Use automated templates to write your own appellate briefs
- Learn legal strategy, writing, and research skills to support your arguments
- Find cases, statutes and other authorities to determine due dates and formatting of your briefs
- Store and search your briefs and other documents online and access them anywhere
- Connect with people who want you to be successful
- Store important tasks, dates, and notes to paste in to your documents
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Try our free resources. View and download samples of appellate briefs and notices in PDF format. Use the our guided templates (in .docx format) to type professional briefs and motions.
Blog topics about the Appeal Stage
Our blog has a wealth of information.
- The Interlocutory Appeal — What, Why and How
- New Jersey Pro Se Litigants Can Appeal Based On Legal Malpractice
- The Pain Of Losing A Case On Appeal
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