Appeals represent only a small fraction of all of the final orders issued each year by Indiana Trial Courts. Appeals take an additional emotional toll, are sometimes costly, and add several more months to the litigation. That said, the Appellant has the right, presupposing the potential Appellee, files an Appellee’s Brief, to have the proverbial last word on appeal and may file a Reply Brief not later than fifteen (15) days after the Appellee’s Brief is served. This is an Appellant’s right under the Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure, but it is not required.1 This blog explores why most Appellant’s ...
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June 26, 2020CD
In a civil trial with many issues, such as divorce which may have child support, custody, and property issues decided, a losing party may want to challenge every issue, such as a minimal difference or error in weekly child support to be paid. While there is no express appellate rule prohibiting or limiting the number of issues a party may raise on appeal, raising more than three or four issues on appeal is normally not prudent. This blog explores why limiting the number of issues raised on appeal is practical and prudent. As a threshold matter, a party that raises numerous ...
May 29, 2020CD
Any party who loses a civil trial (bench or jury) has the right to appeal. Trials and appeals are expensive and laden with emotion. That said, we often receive inquiries from “appellees” when they find out the losing party is taking an appeal.1 These calls all focus on what really happens if they do not file an appellee’s brief. Clearly, the winner in the trial court does not have to file an Appellee’s Brief. This blog explores the reasons a potential appellee should strongly consider filing an Appellee’s Brief. There are two key reasons you should consider retaining appellate counsel to ...
May 15, 2020CD
The number of appeals in Indiana is small compared to the overwhelming number of cases tried in Indiana’s trial courts each year. Correspondingly, there are only a few more than twenty appellate judges and senior judges who decide appellate cases. There are few attorneys who handle appears on a regular basis. On occasion, the small appellate bench and bar get to interact at professional events. At a recent gathering, the appellate judges provided wisdom about four key mistakes that they see with appellate briefing you should avoid in your brief (or insisting your attorney place in your brief). These are gems ...
October 20, 2017CD
If you are reading this blog, you probably have an interest in appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals or Indiana Supreme Court. The life blood of an appeal is the “brief,” which is basically a story that tells the important facts, sets out the law, and why the litigant believes the trial court was (in)correct. Obviously, the “argument” section of the brief pulls it all together. However, let’s face it. We live in a complex world. The best story (i.e., appeal) may fail because it set forth in an understandable way for the reader, the judges on higher courts or, ...
September 10, 2015Adam Hayes
How Missteps Can Cost You Your Case Appeals are difficult and time consuming for both clients and attorneys–and the Indiana appellate courts who decide them in a very efficient manner (the Indiana Court of Appeals is one of the fastest appellate courts in the United States). Clients with a final order from the lower court looking for a reconsideration by an alleged error of fact and/or law sometimes appeal. However, the appellate process is much more rigid and rule-driven than the trial court process, which is inherently disjointed because the problems of life are messy and Indiana’s trial courts get these cases ...
May 3, 2012CD
Unlike trials where a judge receives information at many levels, in writing, by testimony, and through body language, and, importantly, the interaction all have with each other, appeals are based on flat and cold records (transcript of word-for-word proceedings and exhibits admitted). Thus, the sole means the Indiana Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, or any other appellate court reviews the case is in writing (although sometimes there are oral arguments). Writing ability is thus important. At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we believe a hallmark of a good appellate brief is a client reading it and believing it tells his or her ...
November 17, 2011CD