Appeals

An appeal is a legal action by a party to a case whereby a higher court is asked to review a decision or ruling of a lower court.

Filing an Appeal

A Notice of Appeal must be filed with the Clerk of Court within 30 days from the date the final judgment or order being appealed is signed by the Court. For more information on the appeal process, contact an attorney.  Additional research materials can be found online, in the Florida Statutes, in the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedures, the Law Library or in the Pro Se Appeal Handbook found at prose.flabarappellate.org.

Appeal Filing Fees

Appeal filing fees must be paid at the time the Notice of Appeal is filed unless the Court has entered an order waiving the fees or the appellant has been declared indigent for appeal purposes.  With the exception of an appeal from County Court to Circuit Court, there are fees due to the clerk.  Fees payable to the Clerk of Court can be made in person or online.

Forms of payment accepted in person are:

  • Cash, personal check, money order, or cashier’s check
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express
    • All credit card transactions require an additional 3.5% surcharge

The following fees are payable to the Clerk of Court (www.myflcourtaccess.com) at the time the Notice of Appeal is filed:

Appeal from County to Circuit Court $281.00
Appeal from Circuit Court to 5DCA or Supreme Court $100.00

 

Forms of payment are:

  • Cash, personal check, money order, or cashier’s check
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express
    • There is a 3.5% surcharge on all credit card transactions

After the Notice of Appeal is filed, the following fees are due and payable to the following:

Appeal from Circuit Court to 5DCA (payable at www.5dca.org) $300.00
Appeal to the Supreme Court (payable at www.floridasupremecourt.org) $300.00
Cross Appeal, Notice of Joinder or Motion to Intervene - 5DCA fee only (payable at www.5dca.org) $295.00

Additional Fees

In addition to the filing fees for the Clerk, the appellant will incur additional costs for preparation of the record on appeal.  An invoice will be sent to the appellant once the amount is determined. Financial arrangement for the transcripts of the court proceedings to be included in the record must be made with the Court Reporter’s Office by the appellant.  The Clerk’s Office is not involved in this process.

There is no hearing time involved with the appeal process unless an attorney or party requests one with the Court.  In the event one is granted, you will be notified of the date, time and place.

For additional information, contact the Clerk of Court Appeals Office at 407-665-4470.