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California Appeals Process - Plain and Simple

California Appeals Process - Plain and Simple

This guide can help you understand what happens when a party who loses in the superior or trial court appeals the decision.

Here you can learn about every step of an appeal and find general information about the requirements for all parties. This includes the basic rules and fees, plus important forms and deadlines.

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For Attorneys and Self-Represented Litigants

For Self-Represented Litigants

Self-represented litigants that take advantage of these resources generally feel more comfortable vis-a-vis the appellate process by knowing ahead of time what to expect.


Public Counsel's Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants provides general legal information and procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in appeals pending in the Second District Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division of any Superior Court within the Second District.

The Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants is open every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Clinic consultations are scheduled by appointment only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Consultations are available in person, via video conference, or by telephone, as appropriate.

Appointments for the Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants can be requested by going to Public Counsel's website and clicking on the "Get Help" tab, or by calling (213) 830-7232 every Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Clinic staff will notify successful and wait-listed callers by telephone or e-mail as promptly as possible.

Clinic location:
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 S. Spring Street
2nd Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013