Notice of Appeal Process: Understanding Legal Rights and Procedures

Learn about the Notice of Appeal in criminal cases, its purpose, and how Strickland Webster, LLC can guide you through the criminal appeals process.

Imagine standing at a crossroads where a single decision could change the course of one’s future. Have you ever contemplated how a pivotal judgment in a trial court can be revisited? An appeal is a powerful process that offers a path to challenge a decision or judgment that may have profound personal or financial implications. At Strickland Webster, LLC, we understand that navigating this path begins with a crucial step: filing a Notice of Appeal.

A Notice of Appeal is the key that sets the wheels of justice spinning in a new direction. The right to appeal, which is engrained within our criminal justice system, hinges on this formal declaration of intent to seek review by a superior court. The reasons for appeal filing can vary widely, but understanding the precise rules that govern Notices of Appeals is paramount. Why? Because even a single misstep can jeopardize the chance to have the judgment reconsidered.

At our firm, we’ve guided many through the complexities of the appeal process here in Georgia. As legal advocates, we’ll assist you in understanding the often opaque pathways that lead to the appellate courts. In this article, we aim to provide you with a clear understanding of initiating an appeal by preparing and filing a Notice of Appeal with astuteness and precision, ensuring your right to an appeal is preserved.

What a Notice of Appeal Should Contain


A notice of appeal must be meticulously drafted with specific content to ensure it meets the requirements for a proper review by higher courts.

Essential elements to include in a notice of appeal are:

  • The Appeal Statement: It must clearly state the intent to appeal. Including a direct statement such as “Notice is hereby given that [Party Name] hereby appeals…” is fundamental.
  • Parties Involved: All parties to the appeal must be listed. Identifying appellants and appellees accurately establishes who is involved in the appeal.
  • Judgment or Order: Specific reference to the judgment, decree, or order being appealed is necessary. This should include the date it was entered.
  • Court to Which Appeal is Taken: Specify the court to which the appeal is filed. Appeals are often made to the next appellate court within the jurisdiction.
  • Attachments: Any judgment or order being appealed should be attached. This provides context to the reviewing court.

You may have to pay a filing fee when submitting the Notice of Appeal (except for appeals in cases involving juveniles or conservatorships). If you cannot afford the fee, you can ask the court to waive it. However, waivers are usually given under some conditions

A notice of appeal serves not only as a declaration of intent to seek a review by a superior court but also as a critical procedural step. Failure to include the required information can lead to the dismissal of the appeal. It must adhere to the parameters laid out in the filing and contents of notice of appeal.

Proper service of the notice upon all parties is another critical step following filing. Serving the notice ensures that all the parties to the original case are aware of the appeal.

As advocates navigating the intricacies of appellate law, we understand the gravity of precision. We understand that the journey to overturning a decision begins with a well-drafted notice of appeal that adheres to the letter of the law. As such, we treat the notice of appeal not just as another formality but as a strategic tool that requires thoughtful preparation. 

When to File a Notice of Appeal


Filing a Notice of Appeal is a time-sensitive task, and it is often the first step in seeking a review of a lower court’s ruling.

In Georgia, the timer begins right when the final judgment is entered; one must act swiftly. If you have a civil case, OCGA § 5-6-38 mandates a thirty-day window to file the Notice of Appeal following the court’s decision. It’s not simply a suggestion—it’s the law. However, if you’re entangled in a criminal matter, this deadline extends to a more lenient but equally firm forty-two days.

Missing this deadline could mean your appeal is dismissed. It’s the point of no return that, if you go past it, could make your case unchangeable and set in stone. The appellate courts are strict. If you’re late, the chance to appeal might vanish, extinguishing your shot at a second hearing.

To circle the correct dates on your calendar:

  • Mark thirty days post-judgment for civil appeals.
  • Note the forty-two-day rule under criminal case jurisdiction.

In both scenarios, the countdown is unyielding. As bearers of law, we respect the significance of these timelines, understanding the gravity of each tick. Don’t let the window close; act with the urgency that the pursuit of justice deserves.

How Strickland Webster, LLC Can Help


Initiating an appeal can be daunting. As legal intricacies unfold, the importance of knowledgeable guidance becomes undeniably clear. What better way to navigate these complex waters than with the aid of seasoned attorneys? Strickland Webster, LLC stands prepared to chart the course.

Our team works hard to review your case and seek strong grounds for your appeal. Carefully preparing all the necessary paperwork is a key part of what we do. This lets us clearly explain and support your arguments as we seek the best possible outcome. 

Fulfilling procedural demands within designated deadlines is vital. We commit to ensuring that your notice of appeal is filed with timeliness, a fundamental step to propel your legal journey forward. It is critical, however, to recognize that not all appeals are created equal. In Georgia, understanding the three types of appeals—discretionary, interlocutory, or direct—is essential for a strategic approach.

One of our recent success stories involved a client found guilty of serious assault charges and initially sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation. After taking on his case for a new trial motion, we provided extensive evidence that led the Georgia Court of Appeals to overturn his convictions due to improper jury instructions and ineffective assistance of counsel. We then negotiated a plea deal for his immediate release from custody.

At the core, our mission encompasses more than mere legal representation. It’s about empowering you with knowledge. For individuals grappling with the challenges of a felony conviction, the pathways to an appeal can seem insurmountable. We are here to illuminate your path, to provide insights on how to appeal a felony in Georgia, and to advocate with fervor.

Contact Our Criminal Appeal Lawyers


Navigating the legalities of a notice of appeal can be daunting. With rigid deadlines, such as the 30-day window following a judgment, the process leaves no room for error. But you’re not in this alone—our legal team is ready to assist you.

Initial Steps:

  1. Review of Your Conviction
    • Identify legal grounds for appeal.
    • Assess trial records meticulously.
  2. Filing Your Notice of Appeal
    • Adhere to strict deadlines.
    • Prepare a comprehensive Notice of Appeal.

Why reach out to us?

  • Compassion: We add an extensive and compassionate approach to handling complex appeal cases.
  • Focus: Our tailored approach means we focus on your unique case details.
  • Commitment: We’re committed to pursuing the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Engaging with a lawyer who is well-versed in the nuances of criminal appeals can be the cornerstone of reversing a verdict. Are you considering appealing a conviction in Georgia? Our services are always at your disposal, and we invite you to contact Strickland Webster, LLC for guidance on how to move forward with your appeal.

Don’t let the window of opportunity close. Contact us, and we’ll labor tirelessly to scrutinize every aspect of your case and represent your appeal with the utmost diligence and care.