How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Wisconsin?
If your court case was held in Wisconsin and you are unhappy with the final judgment, you can appeal the decision. First, you need to file a notice of appeal.
Notice of Appeal
You have forty-five days to file your notice of appeal with the clerk of the district court where your case was held. Your notice of appeal must include the following information:
- The case name and number.
- Names and addresses of all parties involved.
- Names and contact information for all attorneys.
- The trial court where the original case was held.
- A description of the judgment including the date of the ruling.
- A statement of the type of case (some special cases exist).
- A statement about whether or not the case requires special treatment.
After filing your notice of appeal, you have fourteen days to file a statement of transcript requesting a copy of the original trial materials to be sent over to the appellate court.
The clerk of the appellate court will assemble and disseminate the record on appeal which comprises all the documents and the original transcripts.
Because most cases are not allowed an oral argument, the brief is a critical document for your appeal. You brief is due within forty days following the notice of appeal. Your brief must include the following information:
- A cover page.
- Table of contents.
- Table of authorities.
- Statement of issues.
- Request for oral argument.
- Case argument.
- Appendix of all accompanying documents.
The appellee is allowed thirty days following receipt of your brief, and you have another fifteen days to file a reply brief if you choose.
After the briefs have been filed and the oral arguments presented, if applicable then a panel of three judges will review everything to come to a final decision. They will publish their final opinion in writing and notify you either electronically or by mail.
If you are unhappy with the final decision, you can petition the court to review the case again or take it to a higher court, the Supreme Court.