Step 1: The Superior Court Record
What is the record?
It is all of the paperwork that both sides filed and that the judge issued in the Superior Court case. This usually includes pleadings, motion papers, evidence, exhibits, orders and the final judgment.
The record also includes the audio recording of hearings and trial.
Why is it important?
You need to review the record before filing an appeal:
- to figure out if there are issues that can be appealed to the Supreme Court
- because the record and the appeal briefs are all of the information that the Supreme Court will review in deciding your appeal
Does the Supreme Court get the record?
Yes. The Superior Court will send the record to the Supreme Court.
How do you review the record?
Go to the courthouse where you filed your Superior Court case. Have your Superior Court case number handy so you can request your file. Review your file. Most important:
- Review and make copies of the log notes from your trial or relevant hearing(s). You will have to pay for copies.
- Listen to the audio CD recording of your trial / hearing and decide whether you want to have a transcript made. You can purchase a copy of the CD or an audio cassette.
- Review your final judgment to understand exactly what the judge is requiring you to do. You will need a copy of this when you file your appeal.
What do you do after reviewing the record?
- You need to decide which, if any, parts of your final judgment you should appeal. Consult with an attorney, if possible, regarding the likelihood of winning your appeal.
- Make sure you know the deadline to file your appeal which depends on the type of case you have. Please read Appellate Rule 204 and Appellate Rules 216-220.
- This is Step 1 so keep reading and follow the remaining steps to start the appeal.
| Rev. 10 December 2014
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