How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Ohio?
Your trial was held in Ohio, and you lost and wanted to appeal. Below are the instructions on how to appeal a court case in Ohio. You have only thirty days following your judgment to file an appeal.
Notice of Appeal
Your first step is to file a Notice of Appeal with the trial court that decided your case. You must also file a Praecipe and Docketing Statement along with your notice of appeal. You will have to pay a $175 fee at the time of filing. The Praecipe is a request for the transcript of your case to use in your appeal. You must include the following in your notice of appeal:
- Name and addresses of all parties involved.
- Name of your trial court.
- Court case number.
- The judge who presided.
- Date of the initial trial decision.
- A copy of the final judgment.
Your brief must be filed within twenty days of the notice of appeal. You must file the original and four copies to the clerk of the appellate court. Your brief must include the details of all the issues you want the court to review. Your brief must include the following as well:
- Table of contents.
- Table of authorities.
- Appellant’s assignment of error.
- Issues presented for review.
- Statement of the case.
- Statement of the facts.
The appellee may file their brief within ten days after the appellant’s brief is filed and reviewed. If you are presenting an oral argument will be apprised of the date and time when to appear, by mail. Thirty days before your appeal is reviewed you can obtain the names of the judges that will appear on the panel. Oral arguments are open to the public and can even be watched online.
Normally about sixty days after the oral argument, the case will be reviewed, and a final opinion will be decided upon.
If you are unhappy with the appellate court’s decision, you can ask for another review or proceed to the Supreme Court with your case instead.