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The Number of Appeals Allowed


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Generally, the final judgment of a lower court can be appealed to the next higher court one time only. There are important differences in the rules, time limits, costs, and procedures depending on whether the case is in Federal court or state court. Also, each state has different rules. Finally, even within a single state one may find that different rules for appeals depend on the court in which the case originated.

Filing a Notice of Appeal is the first step in the appeal process. An appellate court cannot adjudicate a case if the notice is not properly filed in a timely manner. The notice must be filed within a definite time, usually 30 days in criminal appeals and 90 days in criminal appeals when a timely motion for new trial was filed. The period within which to file usually starts on the date a final judgment in the lower court is filed.

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Dealing with the appeals process is difficult and time consuming. An experienced attorney from the Charles Johnson Law Firm in Austin, Texas can help you plan your next move. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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