Appeals

Appeals prepares and monitors the records on appeal for county court to circuit court appeals, and for county and circuit court appeals to the First District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. Appeals also tracks the mandates (opinions) from the courts acting in their appellate capacity, to coordinate case handling with all other court divisions.

Forms and Assistance

Appeals FAQ'S (850) 606-4190

Does the Clerk offer Pro Se (self represented) assistance?

No, but a handbook has been made available by the Florida Bar. Click here to view this handbook.

How do I file an appeal from County Court?

  • A party or defendant in a case has 30 days from the date the decision is rendered by the lower court to file a Notice of Appeal.
  • The Notice of Appeal should be in the form prescribed by Rule 9.900, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and should contain the following information:
    • the name of the lower court
    • the name and designation of at least one party on each side
    • the case number in the lower court
    • the name of the court to which the appeal is taken
    • the date of rendition of the order in the lower court
    • the nature of the order to be reviewed.
  • The original Notice and one copy should be filed with the clerk's Office in the division where the court rendered the order/judgment you wish to appeal, i.e., in the Felony Division if you are appealing a felony conviction.
  • An information sheet for filing county court appeals in the Second Judicial Circuit, Leon County, is located here.

What are the appellate filing fees?

Click here to view fees.

What happens in an appeal?

After the appropriate paperwork is filed timely (and sometimes after oral argument), the appellate court will review the decision of the lower court to determine if an error occurred during the case. The appellate court will render a decision and issue a mandate to return the jurisdiction to the lower/originating court.

What help can the Clerk's Office provide to me concerning forms needed in an appeal?
What kinds of cases may be appealed?

  • Florida's rules of court designate the types of appeals that are permitted.
  • Appeals from county court cases, like misdemeanors, county civil and traffic infraction cases, can be appealed to the Circuit Court.
  • Circuit Court cases, like felonies, circuit civil, probate, and juvenile cases, may be appealed to the District Court of Appeal or Florida Supreme Court.
  • Death penalty cases are appealed directly from the Circuit Court to the Florida Supreme Court by law.

What research tools can help me file an appeal?