How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Vermont?
If your court case was held in Vermont and you take issue with the final verdict, you can appeal the decision. First, you have to file a notice of appeal.
Notice of Appeal
You have thirty days following your judgment to file an appeal. You must file the notice of appeal with the district court where your case was held. It should include the following information:
- Names and address of all parties.
- The case name and number.
- The district court where it was held.
- Final judgment and date.
- Certificate of service.
- $295 filing fee.
You must also request a copy of the trial transcript when you file your notice of appeal. You have ten days following the notice of appeal to request the transcript. You may have to pay a deposit for the transcript.
Within that ten days, you must also file a Docketing Statement.
After that initial paperwork, you need to prepare and submit your brief, the most important part of your appeal. You have only thirty days to file after the notice of appeal. At the bare minimum your brief must include the following:
- Docketed entries from the court.
- The judgment order you are appealing.
- Relevant sections of the case from the transcript.
- Table of contents with page references.
- Table of authorities.
- Statement of the case.
The appellee’s brief is due twenty-one days after your brief, and you have ten days following that to submit a reply brief. There are stringent guidelines for formatting and style of your brief, be sure to follow them all.
Your oral argument will be scheduled on the court calendar, and you will be notified when to show up and present.
For most cases in Vermont, a three-judge panel reviews all the material and decides their opinion in about forty-eight hours. For more complex cases that time can extend into weeks and even months.
If you are unhappy with the final decision, you can petition to have them review it again or take it to the Supreme Court.