How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Colorado?
You have fifty-five days from the date of ruling on your case to file an appeal. You must first download a copy of the notice of appeal form and also the Transcript Request Information and Form and submit them together.
Notice of Appeal
You must include the following information in your notice of appeal:
- Contact information for each person involved.
- Attorney information for both sides.
- Sign in the appropriate place either appellant or appellee.
- Mailing address where the court can send you documents related to the case.
- Be sure to fill in the “Destination of Record” section regarding your original case. This tells the court all the supporting documents and any oral arguments that you will present in your appeal.
- Make three copies and sign each. One goes to the district court, one to the county court and mail another to the District Attorney’s office.
- You must also pay a fee when filing your notice of appeal.
After your notice of appeal has been accepted, you will have only twenty-one days to file your brief. The requirements for writing the brief are particular (even down to the font size used), and you must check with your court jurisdiction to find out complete details.
Some basic guidelines to keep in mind are; the brief must be no more than 9500 words long. Clearly state the facts of the original case, the ruling and why you believe it is incorrect. You must then present an argument with supporting documentation (precedent cases) and refer-ences to the original facts of the case. Finally, you need to ask the court what you want them to do. The appellee has the option to file a brief as well, and then you can respond with a reply brief, limited to 5700 words.
Roughly 3-4 months after all the paperwork is filed, the judges will decide whether or not to uphold the original decision or overturn it. If the appellate court has difficulty with the decision, they may pass it along to the Supreme Court.