How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Washington D.C.?
You only have thirty days to file your appeal in Washington, D.C. The rules are particular, and if you don’t comply with them explicitly, your appeal may be thrown out.
Notice of Appeal
You must prepare six copies of your “Notice of Appeal” and file it with the Superior Court Clerk’s Division office at the Court of Appeals. You will need to include the following information:
- Names and addresses of all parties involved.
- The case and decision you are appealing.
- A copy of the original final order.
- A $100 fee to file your appeal.
You must request a copy of the original transcripts for the case in question. The appellate court will review only those documents, briefs, and any oral arguments to come to a decision. You must order your transcripts within ten days of filing your notice of appeal. You will pay a fee when requesting copies.
The next step is to prepare and file three copies of your brief to the Clerk’s Office at the Court of Appeals. You must also send a copy to each lawyer or appellee in the case.
Your brief cannot be more than 50 pages long. After filing it, the appellee has thirty days to file their brief. You then have 21 days to submit an additional “reply brief.”
Once the court has reviewed all the briefs, they decide whether or not to invite either side to make oral arguments. If they do, they will schedule you on the court calendar and let you know when to appear.
The 3-panel judges then review all the information including the original transcripts, briefs, any oral arguments and supporting documents to make their decision.
If you lose this appeal, you have fourteen days to petition for a rehearing of the case in the same court. This petition can be no more than ten pages long. You also have the option of requesting a rehearing en banc which means the case will be reviewed by all 9 of the Supreme Court judges.