May 1, 2013

A Time To Appeal

To err is human, even for judges and juries. When that happens, litigants have to give thought to whether to undertake an appeal of their case. A number of factors may play in to a decision to appeal a court’s order or a trial verdict. Those include the importance of rights which the party believes were violated, the issue or issues in question and the potential for success on appeal and, last but certainly not least, the cost to undertake an appeal. Appeals are significantly different than court cases and involve very different considerations and procedures. In many cases, lawyers who handle cases in the trial court are not as familiar with the appellate process and rules and often refer the case to another lawyer more skilled in the appellate process.