How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Oklahoma?
The process for filing an appeal in the state of Oklahoma is pretty easy, but it will take between 10-18 months for the full process. You have thirty days for civil cases and only ten days for criminal cases to file your appeal so you better hurry.
Notice of Appeal
The first step is to file your notice of appeal. The notice of appeal alerts all parties that there is an appeal filed in the trial case. Along with your notice of appeal, you must file a designation of record which is the official request for the transcript. The following must be included with your notice of appeal.
- The original judgment with the date of ruling.
- Names and addresses of all persons involved.
- Court where the trial was held.
- Case number.
You have sixty days from the time your notice of appeal is entered into the record to file your brief. The appellee will have another sixty days to file their response brief, and then you may file a reply brief within twenty days of that if you wish.
Your brief must contain the following content to be accepted:
A cover page with the case number, trial court, and name, address and phone number of the appellant.
- A table of contents
- A statement of the case.
- A statement of the facts.
- An argument of the issues.
- A short conclusion.
- Attorney contact information.
- A certificate of service for all parties.
There are specific formatting guidelines that you must follow when preparing your brief. For example, your brief cannot exceed fifty pages. There are also page, paper, font and other instructions you must follow.
Oral arguments are not allowed in any case except capital offense criminal cases.
It may take up to six months for the panel of judges to review your case and make a ruling. You will be notified of the final opinion.
If you are not happy with the appellate court’s decision, you can petition for another review or take it to the Supreme Court for further review.