How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Mississippi?
Appealing your case in Mississippi is pretty straightforward. First, you must file a notice of appeal within the deadline imposed by the state. This first step is an important one.
Notice of Appeal
You have thirty days after the final ruling has been recorded to file an appeal in your case. You must file your notice of appeal with the district court where you original case was held. You will pay a $200 fee when filing. You must have the following information on your notice of appeal:
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of all parties involved.
- Statement of the judgment.
- Proof of service that you have notified the other parties.
- A copy of the judgment.
- Statement of the case.
- What relief you are seeking.
Most cases are not permitted an oral argument so you must prepare a well-written brief and submit that along with the Record of Appeal for the court to make its decision. You have forty days after filing your notice of appeal to submit your brief. Extensions may be granted if requested in time.
The appellee will have thirty days to prepare their responding brief, and then the appellate will have another fourteen days to file a reply brief.
The initial brief must be limited to fifty pages and the reply brief no longer than twenty-five pages.
The appellant brief must have a blue cover, the appellee’s brief must have a red cover, and the reply brief’s cover should be gray. You must also include record excerpts which are transcripts from the original trial which support your arguments and points of issue. When filing your brief, you must supply the court Clerk with three copies.
The appellate court in Mississippi may take up to 270 days following submission of the briefs to review and file an opinion on the case. You will be notified in writing when the opinion is final.
If you disagree with the final decision, you have the right to petition for another review or take your case to the Supreme Court.