How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Maine?
If you feel the need to challenge a district court decision in Maine, you will need to file an appeal promptly and produce some paperwork throughout the process.
Notice of Appeal
The first step is to file a notice of appeal letting all parties know that you are dissatisfied with the decision and want the case reviewed by an appellate court. In criminal cases, there is no filing fee, but there is a schedule of fees for civil cases.
The notice of appeal must be filed within twenty-one days following the final ruling in your case. Cross-appeals must be filed within fourteen days following the initial appeal notice.
You are responsible for ordering a transcript of the court case. You must also pay all fees associated with obtaining the copy. After the transcript is entered into record along with the notice of appeal, all parties will have an additional seven days to order supplemental transcripts.
The rules for preparing and filing briefs is explicit and complex so you will want to consult the Maine court system for specifics. The purpose of the brief is to recount the facts of the case, present your issues and arguments and support them while requesting a better outcome.
The appellant’s brief must be filed within fifty-eight days following the entry of the transcript into the record. The brief may not be more than fifty pages, and it is recommended that it be no more than 10-25 pages.
The appellee’s brief is due within 105 days after the record has been entered.
The appellant then has another fourteen days in which to file a reply brief.
All parties are allowed fifteen minutes for oral arguments if they wish.
Most decisions are made within three months, but some more complex cases can take up to a year.
If after the ruling any party is still unhappy, they have the right to petition for a review of the case again by the same court or take it to the higher Supreme Court.