Appellate Court Procedures

AuthorPamela Everett Nollkamper
Chapter 4
Appellate Court Procedures
§400 Commencing an Appeal
§410 Record on Appeal
§420 Appellate Briefs
§430 Appendix
§440 Appeal Timetable
§400 Commencing an Appeal
§401 Appellate Schedule
§402 Sample: Notice of Appeal
§403 Serving the Notice of Appeal
§404 Appeals From an Interlocutory Order
§405 Representation Statement
§410 Record on Appeal
§411 Transcript of Proceedings
§412 Electronic Transcripts
§420 Appellate Briefs
§421 Appellant’s Briefs
§421.1 Appellant’s Brief—When to File
§421.2 Appellant’s Brief—Number of Copies
§422 Appellee’s Brief
§422.1 Appellee’s Brief—When to File
§422.2 Appellee’s Brief—Number of Copies
§423 Amicus Curiae Brief
§423.1 Amicus Curiae—Content and Form
§423.2 Amicus Curiae—Length
§423.3 Amicus Curiae—When to File
§424 Electronic Briefs
§425 Preparation of Briefs
§425.1 Length of Briefs
§425.2 Certificate of Compliance
§425.3 Corporate Disclosure Statement
§425.4 Preparation of Brief Cover
§425.5 Sample: Brief Cover
§425.6 Preparation of Table of Contents
§425.7 Sample: Table of Contents
§425.8 Table of Citations and Authorities
§425.9 Sample: Table of Citations and Authorities
§425.10 Jurisdictional Statement
§426 Tips and Suggestions
§430 Appendix
§431 Deferred Appendix
§432 Appendix Organization
§433 Preparation of Appendix
§434 When to File the Appendix
§435 Number of Copies Filed
§436 Exhibits
§440 Appeal Timetable
An appeal is commenced by filing a Notice of Appeal in the district court from
which the appeal is taken. A Notice of Appeal must be filed in the district court within
30 days after entry of the judgment from the lower court (60 days if the United States is
a party or a federal officer is sued in an individual capacity) (Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)). This
time may be extended upon a showing of good cause by a motion filed within 30 days
of the expiration of the 30-day appeal period. A motion may be filed after the 30-day
period if excusable neglect or good cause can be shown. No extension may exceed 30
days, or 14 days after the date when the order granting the motion is entered, which-
ever is later (Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(5)).
Note: The date the appeal time period begins to run may be difficult to determine since
the time begins to run after the judgment is entered rather than when it is determined.
According to Fed.R.Civ.P. 58(a), most judgments must be set forth in a separate document.
When a separate document is not required, the time period for filing a notice of appeal
beings to run when the court’s decision is entered on the docket. When a separate docu-
ment is required, the time for filing an appeal begins to run when the judgment is set out in
a separate document and entered in the docket. Some courts have addressed this ambiguity
by local rule. Be sure to check with your court to determine its requirements.
If a Notice of Appeal is mistakenly filed in the court of appeals, the clerk of that
court must note the date when it was received on the notice and send it to the district
clerk. The notice is then considered filed in the district court on the date so noted.
If one party files a notice of appeal, any other party may file a notice of appeal
within 14 days after the date when the first notice was filed. If a party files a post-trial
motion, the time to file an appeal runs for all parties from the entry of the order dispos-
ing of the last remaining motion. The district court may reopen the time to file an appeal
for a period of 14 days after the date when its order to reopen is entered, if:
The court finds that the moving party did not receive notice under Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 77(d) of the entry of the judgment or order sought to
be appealed within 21 days after entry;
The motion is filed within 180 days after the judgment or order is entered or
within 14 days after the moving party receives written notice of the entry,
whichever is earlier; and
The court finds that no party would be prejudiced thereby (Fed.R.App.P. 4(6)).
The notice should specify: (1) the parties taking the appeal, (2) the judgment, order,
or portion of the judgment or order appealed from, and (3) the name of the court from
which the appeal is taken. See §402 for a sample Notice of Appeal.

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT