When you file for an appeal, you will have to gather certain documents to support the argument that you are making. Two major documents that you must obtain and file are the record in your case and the transcripts in your case. You should be proactive when obtaining these documents to ensure that your appeal process will go as quickly and smoothly as possible. Below are instructions for preparing the documents that you will need to file your appeal. If you have additional questions or require assistance with this process, please contact our office. We are happy to answer your questions or assist you in any way that we can.
Getting the Record in Your Case
Once you file your notice of appeal, the next step is filing an appeal record. This must be done within 60 days of the day that the judge granted your appeal.
Here is how to prepare your appeal record:
- Obtain and fill out Form 9 and make sure it is bound using a blue cover.
- Attach your notice of appeal.
- Obtain your pleadings.
- Make copies of these documents! File at least six with the registry (one for your own use, four for the use of the court, and one for each respondent in the case).
- Obtain a copy of the judgment reasons.
- Obtain a copy of the order from the court.
- Make sure that you serve each respondent with a copy of the appeal record.
There is no fee to file your appeal record. For assistance obtaining these documents and making sure that the appeal record is filed correctly, you can contact an appellate attorney.
Getting the Transcripts in Your Case
Once you take care of preparing and filing the record in your case, you should focus on obtaining the transcripts in your case. Once you obtain these documents, you should send them to the clerk’s office. A transcript is the written record of your court hearing(s) that took place during your trial. You need to serve the transcript to the respondent in the appeal along with your appeal record. This has to be done within 60 days from when you filed the notice of appeal.
You can obtain a copy of the court transcript by contacting one of many court transcription services. It is up to YOU to cover the cost of filing your transcript with the court. This can be a costly endeavor, so make sure that you do it right the first time and avoid having to refile or make changes. An attorney can help you if you are having difficulty obtaining your transcript. When you are obtaining your transcript, you should:
- File an electronic copy with the registry.
- File three paper copies with the registry – one for your use, one for the court, and one for the respondent. If there are multiple respondents in your case, file one for each.
- Serve the paper copy to each respondent.
These are two essential documents that you should familiarize yourself with if you are filing an appeal. For more information on appeals, please view the other pages in this section.