How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Pennsylvania?
If your trial was held in Pennsylvania and you are unhappy with the final decision, you have the legal right to file an appeal. The first step is filing a notice of appeal.
Notice of Appeal
You have only thirty days from your final ruling to file your notice of appeal. You must file it with district court where your original case was held. You will need to pay a filing fee of $40-$60, depending on the county.
After you file your notice of appeal, you must provide a copy to the opposing counsel and the judge in the district court where your trial was held. After serving your copies to all parties, fill out the “Proof of Service” portion and return it to the court.
Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal
You must then file a document detailing your issues with the initial case and why you think the trial had errors. The opposing side has the option to file their complaint document.
Within forty days of filing your appeal, you must prepare and submit your brief. The brief, details your accounting of the facts of the original case, where errors were made and your arguments about why they should be corrected.
The appellee will have thirty days after the initial brief is filed to submit their own. You then have fourteen days to submit a reply brief. In some cases, you will be permitted to present an oral argument along with your brief. The appellate court will schedule this and let all parties know to attend.
After all the paperwork, the transcript and oral arguments are submitted, a panel of three judges will sit down and review the case. They will form a judgment about the validity of the appeal and review in detail all documentation. This process can take a few days or a few months, depending on complexity.
If you are unhappy with their final opinion of the appeal, you can petition for another review or take it to the Supreme Court.