Civil Case Information Sheet

In appeals in the Court of Appeal (unlimited civil cases), appellants must fill out a questionnaire about the case called a Civil Case Information Statement (Form APP-004). A Civil Case Information Statement is not required in appeals of limited civil cases.

The Civil Case Information Statement (Form APP-004) asks what type of case it is, whether and when there was notice of entry of judgment, whether there is a bankruptcy stay, and other questions.

The answers on the Civil Case Information Statement help the court figure out whether the Notice of Appeal is on time and whether the order or judgment is appealable.

You must file the Civil Case Information Statement (Form APP-004) within 15 days after the superior court clerk mails the notification of the filing of your Notice of Appeal.

To comply with this requirement, you must:

  1. Fill out the Civil Case Information Statement and attach a copy of the judgment or order that you are appealing. Make sure the date the judgment or order was entered is on the form and also on the attached document.
  2. Serve a copy of the Civil Case Information Statement and the judgment or order on every party in the case. Have the server (someone at least age 18 and not a party to the case) fill out a proof of service.  The server can fill out a Proof of Service (Court of Appeal) (Form APP-009) (and if so, they should first read Information Sheet for Proof of Service (Court of Appeal) (Form APP-009-INFO).
  3. File the original filled-out Civil Case Information Statement, copy of the judgment or order, and a proof of service for each party served in the Court of Appeal.

If the Court of Appeal does not get your filled-out Civil Case Information Statement within the 15-day limit or there is a mistake on your form, the Court of Appeal clerk will send you a notice of default. If you do not fix the problem within 15 days from the date the clerk mailed you the notice of default, the Court of Appeal may dismiss the appeal or require you to pay a penalty fee to the court.

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