How much time do I have after the trial court makes its decision in which to file an appeal?
Trial court’s usually state their decisions first in letters or statements made in open court. These decisions must then be formalized in a General Judgment. A notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date on which the General Judgment is entered in the trial court. A General Judgment may be entered days or sometimes even weeks after it is actually signed by the trial court. We have access to OJIN, the state system that shows the status of every case. Once we represent you we will track the finalization and entry of the General Judgment to make certain that a notice of appeal is filed on time. If a notice of appeal is not filed on time the Court of Appeals has no jurisdiction and you have lost your right to appeal.