Appealing a Judgment in Texas
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 find yourself involved in appellate proceedings if an opposing party seeks to overturn your victory in the trial court. Legal appellate work is complicated. We strongly advise you to hire or consult a licensed attorney if you can afford one. If you cannot afford an attorney, and you are not entitled to court-appointed counsel, then you may choose to proceed pro se.
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 are required to 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 the dismissal of the case. Review the rules here.
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 in no way stands in place of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure or legal representation.