Appellate Program

How to File an Appeal

Criminal Case

A criminal defendant seeking an appeal of right must file these documents:

Order of Indigency

  1. For clients previously found indigent, prepare a docicon blsmall  Motion for Order of Indigency
  2. For clients not previously found indigent, prepare a docicon blsmall  Motion for Order of Indigency 
  3. Prepare a proposed docicon blsmall Order of Indigency
  4. File each with the Superior Court Clerk.

Notice of Appeal 

  1. Prepare a docicon blsmall  Notice of Appeal
  2. Attach a copy of the Judgment and Sentence.
  3. Attach Proof of Service on the prosecutor.
  4. File the Notice of Appeal and both attachments with the Superior Court Clerk within 30 days of the entry of the Judgment and Sentence.

The Superior Court Clerk will transmit the Notice of Appeal and Order of Indigency to the Court of Appeals within 14 days of filing.  The Court of Appeals will appoint appellate counsel once it receives the Notice and Order of Indigency.  

Practice Tip:

Attorneys should take the Motion for Order of Indigency to the sentencing hearing for the clients to sign and file it with the court at that time.

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