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The Superior Court is open to the public to provide critical access to justice to the people of Monterey County. Effective February 16, 2022, only unvaccinated persons are required to mask in all Indoor Public Settings. More on Covid Information.


Appeal Overview

An appeal is a review of the trial court's decision by another court. A party may appeal an unfavorable judgment and certain orders. Generally, the appeal must be based on an argument that a legal error was made by the trial court.

An appeal is not a retrial. You will not be permitted to introduce new evidence, and the appellate court will not reassess conflicting evidence.

You may not appeal on behalf of a friend, a spouse, a child, or other relative (unless you are a legally appointed guardian).

The party who files the appeal is called the appellant. The opposing parties are the respondents.

Fees & Fee Waivers

The filing fees for the Notice of Appeal can be found on the court's fee schedule . Checks or money orders should be made payable to Superior Court of California, County of Monterey. Note: There is a separate filing fee of $775 to be paid to the Court of Appeal.

If you cannot afford to pay the filing fees and other court costs, you may qualify for a waiver of those costs

Failure to pay the filing fee or obtain a waiver may result in dismissal of your appeal.

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