The appeals process in Florida is governed by the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Our attorneys have years of experience interpreting and applying the rules governing the appellate process in Florida. Generally less than ten percent (10%) of the cases appealed get reversed by the appellate courts.
Florida’s Appellate Courts
Appeals are almost always heard by the District Court of Appeals (DCA), usually before a panel of three judges. Decisions handed down by County Courts, which typically handle small claims cases, are appealable to the Circuit Court.
If you lose an appeal in a District Court, you can petition the Florida Supreme Court to hear the case. However, the Florida Supreme Court is not required to accept appeals, and will only usually do so in specific circumstances. Another way of thinking about the process is that appealing to the District Court is a right, while an appeal to the Supreme Court is discretionary.
Federal Appellate System
Most federal cases are tried in a United States District Court. Parties who do not prevail in District Court have the right to appeal to one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. These appeals courts are located throughout the country, and each hears cases from the District Court in its immediate vicinity. Florida is located within the Eleventh Circuit. appropriate venue to hear your
If you lose an appeal in the Court of Appeals, and the issue involved a question of federal law, constitutional interpretation, or a dispute of great importance to the public, the Supreme Court may use its discretion to hear the case. Keep in mind, however, that the Supreme Court usually only grants review for around five percent of the cases that it is asked to scrutinize.
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If you are interested in appealing a legal decision in Key Largo, Florida, please call the Silver Law Group at (305) 664-3363 to speak with an attorney for an initial consultation. Our Key Largo appeals attorneys are the representatives you can trust.