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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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