Appellate Program

How to File an Appeal

Dependency/ Termination Case

Parents seeking an appeal as of right from (1) a dependency disposition, or (2) an order terminating parental rights must file the following documents:

Order of Indigency 

  • Prepare a Motion for Order of Indigency.
  • Prepare a proposed Order of Indigency. [Fillable Form in Word]
  • File each with the Superior Court Clerk at the time the notice of appeal is filed.  

Notice of Appeal 

  1. Prepare a Notice of Appeal.  
    1. Dependency Case. [Fillable Form- Dependency for Attorney or Standard Form for ProSe in Word]
    2. Termination Case. [Fillable Form- Termination for Attorney in Word]  
  2. Attach a copy of the Disposition or Termination Order.
  3. Serve all parties and attach Proof of Service.
  4. File the Notice of Appeal and attachment with the Superior Court Clerk within 30 days of the entry of the disposition or order.
  5. File a copy of the Notice of Appeal with the Court of Appeals.
  6. For Division I only: File a Notice of Specific Direction with the Court of Appeals contemporaneously with the Notice of Appeal.
    1. Dependency Case. [Fillable Form or Standard Form in Word]
    2. Termination Case. [Standard Form in Word]

Designation of Clerk's Papers 

  1. Prepare a docicon blsmall  Designation of Clerk's Papers designating the entire trial court file and all exhibits.
  2. File with the Superior Court and Court of Appeals at the time the Notice of Appeal is filed.
  3. Serve all parties and attach Proof of Service

 Statement of Arrangements 

  1. Arrange for the transcripton of the verbatim report of proceedings with the appropriate court reporter or transcriptionist.  
  2. File a Statement of Arrangements [Fillable Form in Word or Standard Form in Word] with the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals at the time the Notice of Appeal is filed.
  3. If hearings were recorded without an official court reporter present, use only certified court reporters or transcriptionists from the superior court's list of authorized transcriptionists (See GR 35exitingwebsite).
  4. Serve on all parties and court reporters/transcribers and file a copy of the Statement of Arrangements with proof of service in the Court of Appeals.

The Designation of Clerk's Papers and Statement of Arrangements (and for Division I only, a Specific Direction to File Notice of Appeal) should be filed at the same time as the Notice of Appeal.

Practice Tips:

  • Indicate in the Statement of Arrangements that appellate counsel will be appointed by the Court of Appeals and that the Report of Proceedings should be sent to appellate counsel (NOT trial counsel) who will be appointed by the Court of Appeals.
  • Use initials in place of names for parents and children in all Court of Appeals filings.
  • For fastest processing, upload the Notice of Appeal with attached order being appealed, Designation of Clerk's Papers, and Statement of Arrangements, all with Proof of Service, along with the Motion for Order of Indigency and signed Order of Indigency (and the Notice of Specific Direction in Division I) as a single combined pdf.
  • The Court of Appeals e-filing portal does not have a document type corresponding to the documents you as trial counsel are required to file.  Select "affidavit of service" as the document type for your single package of opening documents.

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