Small Claims 455-7980
SMALL CLAIMS APPEAL PROCEDURES
APPEALING A DECISION: If unsatisfied with a decision on a case heard by the Judge the decision may be appealed.
YOU MAY APPEAL THIS MATTER IF:
1. You do not agree with the Judges decision.
2. You hired the court reporter to transcribe this hearing or are prepared to proceed as otherwise allowed by law. (Transcript of proceedings is required by the Eighth Judicial District Court.)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO FILE THE APPEAL: If the judgment is given in Court, the appeal must be filed within five (5) days of the date of judgment, not counting weekends or holidays. If the judgment is mailed to you, the appeal must be filed within eight (8) days from the postmarked date.
At the time of filing a Notice of Appeal, the bond for costs on appeal and the District Court filing fee must be paid. The bond can be posted in cash or surety in the following amounts:
Plaintiff - $250.00
Defendant - The amount of the judgment plus costs and interest (if applicable).
$71.00 Filing fee must be paid in cash, money order or cashiers check.
The transcript of the hearing must accompany the appeal to District Court. You have ten (10) days to order the transcript from the court reporter. The reporter will charge you a deposit of $100.00 but will return any excess to you if the deposit is more than the cost of transcript.
PLEASE NOTE - If these steps are not followed, your appeal will be denied in District Court.
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE JUDGES DECISION, THE APPROPRIATE PROCEDURE IS TO FILE AN APPEAL. DO NOT CALL THE JUDGE. HE HAS MADE A DECISION BASED ON THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN COURT AND WILL NOT CHANGE OR ALTER HIS DECISION.
Please do not call to argue with the office staff if you are unhappy with the decision. The argument ended in Court and all decisions of the Judge are final.
If you have further questions regarding the appeal procedure, feel free to contact the clerks at 455-7980 and they will be happy to assist you.
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