An appeal is a special motion gives you an opportunity to have issues in your case heard in front of a different judge in a higher court. In a lot of ways, an appeal is very similar to a coach’s challenge in football. The crucial part of filing an appeal is understanding that you need to file the appeal within 30 days of the judgment. If you don’t, you cannot appeal, similar to the way a coach cannot challenge a play if the another play begins before the challenge.

Also like a coach’s challenge, the appellate court will give credibility and deference to the findings of the trial judge. For this reason, it is imperative to hire an attorney as soon as possible if you want to appeal a case. If the appeal is not handled correctly, you might “waive” your issue on appeal. It’s also important to note that appeals can take years to complete. So if the consequences of the judgment will be over quickly, it may not be worth your time and money to appeal the case.