How Do You File an Appeal With the Missouri Court System?

To initiate an appeal within the Missouri court system, the appellant must file a Notice of Appeal no later than 10 days after the judgment is rendered, explains Missouri Courts. In civil cases, any party filing a notice of appeal must serve a copy of the notice on all other parties to the judgment.

If an appeal is being filed in a criminal case, the clerk of the court gives notice to all parties involved, notes Missouri Courts. Parties can file cross-appeals if the notice of appeal is filed in a timely manner. The opposing party can file a notice of appeal within 10 days after the first notice of appeal was filed. Parties can consolidate the appeals by motion.

If a party does not provide notice of the appeal in a timely manner, a party can seek leave from the court to file the notice of appeal late, explains Missouri Courts. To do this, the party must file a written motion with the court clerk for a special order that permits the late notice of appeal. Late notice in civil court must be done within six months from the date the judgment became final. In a criminal case, the notice must be filed within 12 months after the judgment became final, and this includes any post-conviction actions.