Appeals are a request for review of a lower court's decision. This short article explains how to learn about procedures for appeals and guidelines for pro se appeals. Special thanks to the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
An appeal is a request for a higher court to review a lower court’s decision. You may wish to file an appeal if you have lost your case in the trial court. You may also be involved in appellate proceedings if an opposing party seeks to overturn your victory in the trial court.
Legal appellate work is complicated. It is strongly advised that you hire or consult with a licensed attorney if you can afford one. If you cannot afford an attorney and are not entitled to court-appointed counsel, you may choose to proceed pro se.
Can I represent myself in appeals court?
Everyone has the right to represent themselves in a Texas court. But, be aware that pro se litigants are held to the same standards as licensed attorneys and must follow the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure (TRAP). Pro se representation carries many risks. Failure to follow the rules can result in fines, sanctions, or case dismissal.
The Texas Young Lawyers Association Pro Se Appellate Guide is designed to educate pro se litigants about appellate procedure and help them through the appellate process. Do not assume that all the requirements of an appeal are set out in this guide. This guide is only a general overview of appellate procedure and does not stand in place of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure or legal representation.
Link: Texas Young Lawyers Association Pro Se Appellate Guide
Texas Young Lawyers Association Pro Se Appellate Guide.