How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Iowa?
Not all cases tried in Iowa are eligible for appeals, such as misdemeanor crimes or small claims. If you are permitted to file an appeal, you must do so within 30 days of the final ruling for your case.
Notice of Appeal
After filing your notice of appeal, you will also need to request a transcript of the court case in question. Be sure to let the court know you have requested these documents. You will also pay a $50 docketing fee when filing your notice of appeal. Following the Iowa rules of appellate procedure is imperative for your case to be taken seriously and not thrown out due to an error on your part.
At the minimum, the appellate must file a brief to be reviewed by a panel of three judges in appellate court. The brief must be formatted and contain specific information according to the rules of Iowa appellate court law. You must include a table of contents, a table of authorities, clearly state the facts of the case which you lost, provide arguments and cite references and precedent cases to support your opinion and show where errors were made. You must also ask for a correction. You must also include copies of the transcript documents and all other supporting paperwork.
The deadlines for submitting briefs vary from case to case.
You may be permitted to present an oral argument along with your brief as well.
It takes the Iowa appellate court about five to six months to process each appeal and review all the evidence to make their opinion. Only two out of the three judges need to agree. Once the final decision is made, it is sent in writing to all parties.
If you are unhappy with the final decision, you can request that it be reviewed again by the same court or brought higher to the Supreme Court for evaluation. The Iowa Supreme Court is the final destination, and if that court upholds the appellate court decision, then there are no further alternatives.