Civil Appeals

Fighting Unfair Decisions through the Appeals Process

When it comes to litigation and trial, one party prevails and the other does not. If the court does not find in your favor, a judgment and court order can be costly for you or your company. However, the good news is that the decision by the lower court is not always final, as parties have the ability to appeal the court's ruling.

The civil appeals process is complicated with strict deadlines, procedures, and legal standards. You should always have a skilled civil appeals lawyer handling your case. There is not much time to prepare and file an appeal, so you should not delay in calling the Law Offices of Jon H. Freis for help after an unfavorable lawsuit result.

The Civil Appeals Process

Appellate courts follow detailed procedures, and you must file a Notice of Appeal within 180 days. Your attorney can prepare the appellate brief that sets out legal arguments regarding why the decision should be overturned. These arguments must be rooted in specific case law and statutes. If needed, your attorney might present oral arguments in court, as well.

An appeal is not a new trial – instead, it is a higher court's review of the lower court's decision. Judges are not likely to overturn another judge's ruling unless you effectively demonstrate that the lower court made a specific error. You must put forth the most persuasive and supported case possible to have a chance at winning your civil appeal.

Learn How an Experienced Civil Appeals Lawyer Can Help with Your Case

If you believe the court ruled unfairly in your litigation, you should discuss your options with a civil appeals attorney immediately. Schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Jon H. Freis by calling 310-276-1218 or contact us online.