Appeals

Rule 9 of the Florida Rules of Procedure governs the appeal process.

  • Circuit Courts review by appeal the orders of lower tribunals, otherwise known as County Courts.
  • District Courts of Appeal review by appeal:
    • Final orders of trial courts not directly reviewable by the Supreme Court or a Circuit Court.
    • Nonfinal orders of Circuit Courts.
  • The Supreme Court reviews by appeal final orders of courts imposing death sentences and decisions of state courts that declare invalid any statute(s) or provision(s) of the state constitution.

Requirements to File an Appeal

Appeals should be filed within 30 days of receiving the order (judgment) you wish to appeal.

For probate and civil cases it is necessary to file:

  • Conformed copy of the order being appealed
  • Filing fee
  • Notice of Appeal

For felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases, it is necessary to file:

  • Filing fee
  • Notice of Appeal

For juvenile dependency cases, it is necessary to file:

  • Conformed copy of the order being appealed
  • No filing fee required
  • Notice of Appeal

For juvenile delinquency cases, it is necessary to file:

  • No filing fee required
  • Notice of Appeal