How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Washington?
If your court case was held in Washington and you are dissatisfied with the final result, you can take your case to the appellate court for review. First, you must file a notice of appeal.
Notice of Appeal
You have only thirty days to file your notice of appeal, and you have to file it with the clerk of the district court. You will have to pay a fee at the time of filing. Your notice of appeal must have the following information:
- Name and addresses of all parties.
- The final judgment and how you want it corrected.
- Name of the appellate court you are appealing to.
- A copy of the final ruling.
If you need to have the punishment or sanctions delayed for your court case you can petition a Supersedeas stay of enforcement. There will be some steep fees associated with doing this, and it is not always approved.
You must prepare and file your brief within forty-five days after the notice of appeal. Your brief is the most important document in your appeal. It must include the following information, and you will need to follow specific formatting and style guidelines.
- Title page
- Table of contents with page references.
- Table of cases in alphabetical order.
- List of citations of other related cases.
- Assignments of error.
- Statement of the case.
- Appendix with all accompanying documents.
The appellee has thirty days following your brief to prepare and file their own. You then have another thirty days to file a reply brief if you choose.
You can choose to present an oral argument to go along with your brief to support your case even further. The court will notify you of the scheduled date for you to show up and present.
After all the paperwork and oral arguments have been supplied to the appellate court, a panel of three judges will review everything and make their decision.
Their final opinion will be in writing, and you will receive notice. This process can take weeks or months for complex cases.