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The 10 things your Appellate Lawyer needs to know or be given by you.

If you are considering an Indiana criminal or civil appeal, there are 10 things your appellate lawyer needs to know or be provided by you to evaluate, perfect and promulgate the appeal:

  1. The date of the final order to be appealed (or interlocutory order), including the date it was signed, file stamped and entered onto the Chronological Case Summary.
  2. A copy of the Order and Chronological Case Summary (general judgment or special findings).
  3. Sentencing order or abstract of judgment in criminal cases.
  4. Motion(s) or pleading(s) underlying the matter on appeal.
  5. A time line of the facts underlying the issue on appeal.
  6. Any theory you have or that of your trial counsel about viable issues for appeal.
  7. A copy of any Motion to Correct Error, response and order on it, if same was filed.
  8. Contact information for trial counsel.
  9. Whether a stay is desired and if it has been sought in the trial court.
  10. What you want to accomplish on appeal.

With or without this information, a Reader should always remember there are rigid time requirements governing appeals. Failure to adhere to and meet these time requirements waives the right to appeal, and the order to be appealed stands.

Time is always of the essence. If you desire to challenge an interlocutory order or final order of court, you should seek appellate counsel immediately.

Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. handles criminal and civil appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals and transfers to the Indiana Supreme Court. In a more limited capacity, The appellate lawyers at Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. may accept appeals to the United States Court of Appeals in the 7th Circuit and prepare and file Petitions for Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.


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