How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Arkansas?
You must file your notice of appeal with the courts in Arkansas within 30 days of when the final ruling of the lower court was entered into the record. Be sure to request a copy of the final judgment to include with your notice of appeal.
Notice of Appeal
The notice of appeal begins the process for review of your case. You must file it timely including the following information:
- Contact information for all of the people involved.
- The final ruling or judgment
- The complete contents of the record filed with the court.
- You must state that you have ordered a file transcript for your case and paid all fees associated with obtaining the copy.
- Designate which jurisdiction you are requesting (the court of appeals or the Supreme Court) review the case.
- Agree that you as the appellant abandon any pending but unresolved claims.
The appellant in each appeal case must prepare and file a detailed brief within 40 days of their notice of appeal. You must submit eighteen copies are to the Clerk of the Courts for your loca-tion. Your brief must include all the facts of the case, the final ruling, a precedent which you base your argument on and your argument, which cannot be more than thirty, double-spaced pages, including the conclusion.
The appellant also has the right to file an additional “reply brief” within thirty days of re-viewing the appellee brief. You may also request an extension of seven days for filing your brief if needed. It is up to the court to honor or deny that request. As of August 2013 the court also now requires that a “Cover Sheet” be included with the brief and all other documentation. Additionally, the brief and support documents must be filed electronically.
After all the briefs are filed, the case is scheduled for hearing the next Thursday for the Su-preme Court or Wednesday for the Court of Appeals. The appellant and appellee have the option to present an oral argument if allowed in that ju-risdiction.