How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Missouri?
If you are displeased with a court’s final ruling in a case in Missouri, you have the right to ap-peal but you better hurry. You have only ten days after the verdict is recorded to file your appeal.
Notice of Appeal
First, you must file a notice of appeal with the Clerk of the trial court where the original case was held. You can download the form from the Missouri Court of Appeals website. Your notice must include the following information:
- Judge, court and case number.
- The petitioner of the appeal.
- Respondent or defendant.
- Date of the final ruling and court reporter’s name.
- Names, address, email and phone numbers for all parties involved.
- Contact information and bar number for all attorneys.
- Certificate of service showing you have alerted the other parties to the appeal.
- Docket fee of $70 paid at the time of filing.
You will also need to pay for and request a copy of the transcript for your case.
Next, you must prepare and submit a brief to the court of appeals. Your brief is a statement of the facts in the case, the issues you have with the judgment and where you state your arguments, citing precedent cases and references within the transcript to back up your arguments. You must also request a specific outcome and how you want the court to handle the appeal.
Each party is allotted fifteen minutes to present an oral argument to substantiate their opinion that an error was made in the original trial.
Every case is different, but typically, it will take some weeks for the appeals court to put you on the docket and review your case. The judges will then come to an opinion and publish it in writing. You will receive a copy in the mail, but you can also check the website for online postings of appellate opinions.
If you are not happy with the decision, you may petition to have the case reviewed again or have it brought to the Supreme Court.