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

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.