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Warning: This chart should be taken with a huge grain of salt; it does
not account for accelerated cases, which obviously move faster, or for
time extensions, which are freely given in most circumstances.
Additionally, the times for oral argument and the final decision are
merely guidelines derived from the court statistical reporting forms.
I'm often asked how long an appeal will take or how long it will be
before the next step in the process is finished. As a result, I thought I
would include a chart of the appellate timeline.
The Basic Appellate Process in Three Easy Steps:
The appellate process is designed to be simple and most courts work
hard to keep it that way. As a result, although the details can change
quite a bit from one situation to the next, the appellate process can
generally be summarized in three steps:
1. The Notice of Appeal: Invoking appellate jurisdiction by filing a
document indicating your intent to appeal;
2. The Record: Causing the record from the lower court to be
forwarded to the appellate court for review; and
3. The Briefs: Arguing the merits of your case in the briefs.
|WILLIAM T. CRAMER
ATTORNEY AT LAW