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California Appeals Process - Plain and Simple

This guide can help you understand what happens when a party who loses in the superior or trial court appeals the decision.

Here you can learn about every step of an appeal and find general information about the requirements for all parties. This includes the basic rules and fees, plus important forms and deadlines.

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Self-represented litigants that take advantage of these resources generally feel more comfortable vis-a-vis the appellate process by knowing ahead of time what to expect.


Public Counsel's Appellate Self-Help Clinic provides procedural information and assistance to people who are representing themselves in appeals pending in the Second District Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division of any Superior Court within the Second District.

The Appellate Self-Help Clinic is open most Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Clinic consultations are by appointment onlyUntil further notice all appointments will be by video-conference or telephone only.

Appointments for the Appellate Self-Help Clinic can be requested by calling (213) 830-7234 on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Priority for appointments (but not a guarantee of an appointment) is given to the first ten callers.  The available appointments almost always fill before noon.

Clinic staff will notify successful callers of their appointments by telephone or e-mail no later than the close of business on Friday.  Appointments are for the following Wednesday.

Callers who do not receive an appointment confirmation by close of business on the Friday after their call do not have an appointment and will not be admitted to the Clinic.

Clinic location:
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 S. Spring Street
2nd Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA  90013

rev. 10-9-20