How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Tennessee?
If you are dissatisfied with the final decision in your court case held in Tennessee, you can appeal the ruling. First, though, you must file a notice of appeal.
Notice of Appeal
You have only thirty days following your judgment to file an appeal. You must submit a notice of appeal to the district court clerk where your case was held.
The notice of appeal must include the following information:
- A list of names and address for all parties involved.
- A designation of the final judgment.
- The name of the appellate court which you are appealing to.
You must also induce a certificate of service showing you presented copies of your appeal to all parties. The trial clerk will put together the Record on Appeal from the transcript and other documents. The Record on Appeal is what will be reviewed by the judges during the appeal.
You must file your appellant brief within thirty days of filing the notice of appeal. It must con-tain the following content:
- A table of contents.
- A table of authorities.
- A jurisdictional statement.
- A statement of the issues.
- A statement of the case.
- An argument.
- A short conclusion.
Your brief is the most important document of the appeal so be careful in preparing and follow all style, formatting and contents guidelines.
The appellee has another thirty days to file their brief following examination of yours. You then have fourteen days to file a reply brief.
You may also request to present an oral argument to be combined with your brief to support your case further. You will be notified of the schedule when to appear to present your oral ar-gument, and you will have only a few minutes to make your case.
The three-judge panel will then review all the evidence and make a final decision about the ap-peal. You will relieve written notification of the final opinion.
If you are not pleased with the decision, you can file a petition to review again or take your case to the Supreme Court.