How Do I File a Court Appeal Without a Lawyer?

By LaceyJ
I, a Court Appeal, a Lawyer

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Filing an appeal is a moderately simple task, even without an attorney. You can appeal any case, unless you did not appear for court and received a default judgment. Preparing an appeal does not legally allow for assistance from legal aid or any other court office.

Dates

Check your Notice of Entry of Judgment for the "stay of entry" date. Be sure it has not expired. Be careful to note that if the deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, then the due date is postponed until the next business day. If you are mailing forms, add three days to ensure they get there on time. If your papers are postmarked by the required date, they are accepted.

Brief

Create a brief in formal letter format, with double-spaced type within one-inch margins on all sides; each page should be numbered. Courts would prefer one with a Table of Contents for the required Demand for Removal, Affidavit of Good Faith and Affidavit of Service, but will accept a brief without one. Type the papers if possible.

Brief Cover

The brief cover must be white if you are the petitioner or appellant. It must be blue if you are a respondent. Any cover should be made of paper, but paper thicker than that used in the brief.

Copies

All of your documents must be presented with an original and three copies.

Filing

Pay the filing fee. Each petition has a separate cost, so contact your Court of Appeals for specific costs for your appeal. If you cannot afford the filing fee, you can ask for a waiver.

Proofs

The Demand for Removal must be served to all individuals and attorneys on the case. You must serve these copies by mail and submit the Proof of Service to the County Clerk's office.

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