How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in North Dakota?
If your court case was tried in North Dakota and you are unhappy with the final decision, you may appeal.
Notice of Appeal
The first step in the appeals process is to file a notice of appeal with the clerk of the Supreme Court within sixty days after your final judgment. Your notice of appeal along with other information must include an initial statement of issues, and you must pay the fee at the time of filing. The following information must also be included in your notice of appeal:
- Name of the person or parties filing the appeal.
- The date of our trial’s final decision.
- The court where your case was held.
- The judge who presided over your case.
- The case number for your trial.
- The name of the court you are appealing to.
- $125 filing fee.
If you intend to include information from your trial, you must request a copy of the transcript when you file your notice of appeal. This task is a critical step, and if you do not order a transcript, your appeal may be disallowed.
The brief is an essential piece of the appeal and details your issues with the original case. You may reference case documents and precedent cases to make your point.
There are specific guidelines for font, size, and type and your brief must not exceed thirty-two pages. Review all the instructions for formatting before filing your appellant brief. The brief must also include the following content:
- A table of contents.
- A table of citations, alphabetical.
- A statement of the issues being presented.
- Description of the original case.
- A statement of the facts.
- An argument.
- A conclusion.
You are urged to file your brief electronically, but if you cannot do so, then you will need seven copies brought in person to the clerk fo the appellate court.
You may present an oral argument if requested by the court, shortly after filing your brief.
A final decision is usually agreed upon within 60-90 days and reported to you electronically.