Rule 5. Appeal by Permission (2023)

(a) Petition for Permission to Appeal.

(1) To request permission to appeal when an appeal is within the court of appeals’ discretion, a party must file a petition with the circuit clerk and serve it on all other parties to the district-court action.

(2) The petition must be filed within the time specified by the statute or rule authorizing the appeal or, if no such time is specified, within the time provided by Rule 4(a) for filing a notice of appeal.

(3) If a party cannot petition for appeal unless the district court first enters an order granting permission to do so or stating that the necessary conditions are met, the district court may amend its order, either on its own or in response to a party's motion, to include the required permission or statement. In that event, the time to petition runs from entry of the amended order.

(b) Contents of the Petition; Answer or Cross-Petition; Oral Argument.

(1) The petition must include the following:

(A) the facts necessary to understand the question presented;

(B) the question itself;

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(C) the relief sought;

(D) the reasons why the appeal should be allowed and is authorized by a statute or rule; and

(E) an attached copy of:

(i) the order, decree, or judgment complained of and any related opinion or memorandum, and

(ii) any order stating the district court's permission to appeal or finding that the necessary conditions are met.

(2) A party may file an answer in opposition or a cross-petition within 10 days after the petition is served.

(3) The petition and answer will be submitted without oral argument unless the court of appeals orders otherwise.

(c) Form of Papers; Number of Copies. All papers must conform to Rule 32(c)(2). An original and 3 copies must be filed unless the court requires a different number by local rule or by order in a particular case. Except by the court’s permission, and excluding the accompanying documents required by Rule 5(b)(1)(E):

(1) a paper produced using a computer must not exceed 5,200 words; and

(2) a handwritten or typewritten paper must not exceed 20 pages.

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(d) Grant of Permission; Fees; Cost Bond; Filing the Record.

(1) Within 14 days after the entry of the order granting permission to appeal, the appellant must:

(A) pay the district clerk all required fees; and

(B) file a cost bond if required under Rule 7.

(2) A notice of appeal need not be filed. The date when the order granting permission to appeal is entered serves as the date of the notice of appeal for calculating time under these rules.

(3) The district clerk must notify the circuit clerk once the petitioner has paid the fees. Upon receiving this notice, the circuit clerk must enter the appeal on the docket. The record must be forwarded and filed in accordance with Rules 11 and 12(c).

Notes

(As amended Apr. 30, 1979, eff. Aug. 1, 1979; Apr. 29, 1994, eff. Dec. 1, 1994; Apr. 24, 1998, eff. Dec. 1, 1998; Apr. 29, 2002, eff. Dec. 1, 2002; Mar. 26, 2009, eff. Dec. 1, 2009; Apr. 25, 2019, eff. Dec. 1, 2019.)

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Notes of Advisory Committee on Rules—1967

This rule is derived in the main from Third Circuit Rule 11(2), which is similar to the rule governing appeals under 28 U.S.C. §1292(b) in a majority of the circuits. The second sentence of subdivision (a) resolves a conflict over the question of whether the district court can amend an order by supplying the statement required by §1292(b) at any time after entry of the order, with the result that the time fixed by the statute commences to run on the date of entry of the order as amended. Compare Milbert v. Bison Laboratories, 260 F.2d 431 (3d Cir., 1958) with Sperry Rand Corporation v. Bell Telephone Laboratories, 272 F.2d (2d Cir., 1959), Hadjipateras v. Pacifica, S.A., 290 F.2d 697 (5th Cir., 1961), and Houston Fearless Corporation v. Teter, 313 F.2d 91 (10th Cir., 1962). The view taken by the Second, Fifth and Tenth Circuits seems theoretically and practically sound, and the rule adopts it. Although a majority of the circuits now require the filing of a notice of appeal following the grant of permission to appeal, filing of the notice serves no function other than to provide a time from which the time for transmitting the record and docketing the appeal begins to run.

Notes of Advisory Committee on Rules—1979 Amendment

The proposed amendment adapts to the practice in appeals from interlocutory orders under 28 U.S.C. §1292(b) the provisions of proposed Rule 3(e) above, requiring payment of all fees in the district court upon the filing of the notice of appeal. See Note to proposed amended Rule 3(e), supra.

Notes of Advisory Committee on Rules—1994 Amendment

Subdivision (c). The amendment makes it clear that a court may require a different number of copies either by rule or by order in an individual case. The number of copies of any document that a court of appeals needs varies depending upon the way in which the court conducts business. The internal operation of the courts of appeals necessarily varies from circuit to circuit because of differences in the number of judges, the geographic area included within the circuit, and other such factors. Uniformity could be achieved only by setting the number of copies artificially high so that parties in all circuits file enough copies to satisfy the needs of the court requiring the greatest number. Rather than do that, the Committee decided to make it clear that local rules may require a greater or lesser number of copies and that, if the circumstances of a particular case indicate the need for a different number of copies in that case, the court may so order.

Committee Notes on Rules—1998 Amendment

In 1992 Congress added subsection (e) to 28 U.S.C. §1292. Subsection (e) says that the Supreme Court has power to prescribe rules that “provide for an appeal of an interlocutory decision to the courts of appeals that is not otherwise provided for” in section 1292. The amendment of Rule 5 was prompted by the possibility of new rules authorizing additional interlocutory appeals. Rather than add a separate rule governing each such appeal, the Committee believes it is preferable to amend Rule 5 so that is will govern all such appeals.

In addition the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104–317, abolished appeals by permission under 28 U.S.C. §636(c)(5), making Rule 5.1 obsolete.

This new Rule 5 is intended to govern all discretionary appeals from district-court orders, judgments, or decrees. At this time that includes interlocutory appeals under 28 U.S.C. §1292(b), (c)(1), and (d)(1) & (2). If additional interlocutory appeals are authorized under §1292(e), the new Rule is intended to govern them if the appeals are discretionary.

Subdivision (a). Paragraph (a)(1) says that when granting an appeal is within a court of appeals’ discretion, a party may file a petition for permission to appeal. The time for filing provision states only that the petition must be filed within the time provided in the statute or rule authorizing the appeal or, if no such time is specified, within the time provided by Rule 4(a) for filing a notice of appeal.

Section 1292(b), (c), and (d) provide that the petition must be filed within 10 days after entry of the order containing the statement prescribed in the statute. Existing Rule 5(a) provides that if a district court amends an order to contain the prescribed statement, the petition must be filed within 10 days after entry of the amended order. The new rule similarly says that if a party cannot petition without the district court's permission or statement that necessary circumstances are present, the district court may amend its order to include such a statement and the time to petition runs from the entry of the amended order.

The provision that the Rule 4(a) time for filing a notice of appeal should apply if the statute or rule is silent about the filing time was drawn from existing Rule 5.1.

Subdivision (b). The changes made in the provisions in paragraph (b)(1) are intended only to broaden them sufficiently to make them appropriate for all discretionary appeals.

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In paragraph (b)(2) a uniform time—7 days—is established for filing an answer in opposition or cross-petition. Seven days is the time for responding under existing Rule 5 and is an appropriate length of time when dealing with an interlocutory appeal. Although existing Rule 5.1 provides 14 days for responding, the Committee does not believe that the longer response time is necessary.

Subdivision (c). Subdivision (c) is substantively unchanged.

Subdivision (d). Paragraph (d)(2) is amended to state that “the date when the order granting permission to appeal is entered serves as the date of the notice of appeal” for purposes of calculating time under the rules. That language simply clarifies existing practice.

Committee Notes on Rules—2002 Amendment

Subdivision (c). A petition for permission to appeal, a cross-petition for permission to appeal, and an answer to a petition or cross-petition for permission to appeal are all “other papers” for purposes of Rule 32(c)(2), and all of the requirements of Rule 32(a) apply to those papers, except as provided in Rule 32(c)(2). During the 1998 restyling of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 5(c) was inadvertently changed to suggest that only the requirements of Rule 32(a)(1) apply to such papers. Rule 5(c) has been amended to correct that error.

Rule 5(c) has been further amended to limit the length of papers filed under Rule 5.

Changes Made After Publication and Comments. No changes were made to the text of the proposed amendment or to the Committee Note.

Committee Notes on Rules—2009 Amendment

Subdivision (b)(2). Subdivision (b)(2) is amended in the light of the change in Rule 26(a)'s time computation rules. Subdivision (b)(2) formerly required that an answer in opposition to a petition for permission to appeal, or a cross-petition for permission to appeal, be filed “within 7 days after the petition is served.” Under former Rule 26(a), “7 days” always meant at least 9 days and could mean as many as 11 or even 13 days. Under current Rule 26(a), intermediate weekends and holidays are counted. Changing the period from 7 to 10 days offsets the change in computation approach. See the Note to Rule 26.

Subdivision (d)(1). The time set in the former rule at 10 days has been revised to 14 days. See the Note to Rule 26.

Committee Notes on Rules—2019 Amendment

Subdivision (a)(1) is amended to delete the reference to “proof of service” to reflect amendments to Rule 25(d) that eliminate the requirement of a proof of service when service is completed using a court’s electronic filing system.

FAQs

Do you need permission to appeal? ›

(1) Permission is required from the Court of Appeal for any appeal to that court from a decision of the County Court, the family court or the High Court which was itself made on appeal, or a decision of the Upper Tribunal which was made on appeal from a decision of the First-tier Tribunal on a point of law where the ...

What happens if permission to appeal is refused? ›

No second chance - once permission to appeal has been refused by the appeal court, that is the end of the matter.

What are the grounds for appeal? ›

In particular, the grounds of appeal must explain why the appealed decision should be set aside and the facts and evidence on which the appeal is based. It is not enough to simply repeat previous arguments, but rather the decision must be addressed and arguments made why it is incorrect.

What are the grounds of appeal in civil cases? ›

Your grounds of appeal must show that the decision was wrong or unjust because of a serious procedural error (mistake) or an error in applying or interpreting the law. You must attach your grounds of appeal to the Appellant's notice before you can start (issue) your appeal at court.

How long does it take to get permission to appeal? ›

an appeal is heard within 21 days of a decision to grant permission to appeal; the result of the appeal is given immediately after the end of the hearing with reasons given later or, if judgment is reserved, the result of the appeal and the reasons are given within 2 weeks of the end of the hearing.

Are appeals successful? ›

The chances of winning a criminal appeal in California are low (about 20 percent of appeals are successful). But the odds of success are greater if there were errors of law and procedure at trial significant enough to have affected the outcome of the case.

What happens when a judge makes a wrong decision? ›

An error of law is the strongest type of ground for appeal because the appellate court reviewing the case does not have to give any weight to what the trial court judge did. The appellate court will look at the law that was supposed to be applied and decide whether or not the trial court judge made a mistake.

Can I appeal a refused appeal? ›

Once leave to appeal has been refused on the papers, then it is very difficult, but not impossible, to take the matter any further. The decision by the Court of Appeal to refuse permission to appeal, by consideration of the papers and without an oral hearing, is regarded as a final appeal.

Can you appeal against a judge's decision? ›

The most obvious way in which individual judges are accountable is through the right of the party to the proceedings to appeal any judicial decision, in some cases through several higher courts. In this way the losing party is able to have the decision reviewed by another independent judge or judges.

What are the 4 steps in the appeals process? ›

Step 1: File the Notice of Appeal. Step 2: Pay the filing fee. Step 3: Determine if/when additional information must be provided to the appeals court as part of opening your case. Step 4: Order the trial transcripts.

Who has the right to appeal? ›

To stress, the right to appeal is statutory and one who seeks to avail of it must comply with the statute or rules. The requirements for perfecting an appeal within the reglementary period specified in the law must be strictly followed as they are considered indispensable interdictions against needless delays.

Can you appeal after 21 days? ›

Under CPR 52.12(2), the appeal notice must be filed within 21 days after the date of the decision of the lower court which the appellant wishes to appeal – or such longer or shorter period as may be directed by the lower court.

How often are civil appeals successful? ›

Our numbers indicate that a crown appeal is successful 65% of the time, while defendant appeals are only successful about 26% of the time. So unless you are a Crown Attorney, the starting point when bringing an appeal is that you have a roughly 1 in 4 chance of winning your appeal (at least partially winning).

How a judge makes a decision? ›

The trial judge's decisionmaking must determine what are the facts and the proper application of the law to these facts. To bring order to the confusion of contested facts and theories of law, the trial judge decides cases by hypothesis or a series of tentative hypotheses increasing in certainty.

Who can appeal in a civil case? ›

--(1) Any party aggrieved by any decision or order of the Appellate Tribunal may file an appeal to the High Court within a period of sixty days from the date of communication of the decision or order of the Appellate Tribunal to him on any question of law arising out of such order.

What percentage of planning appeals are successful? ›

On average only about one appeal in three is successful, according to the Planning Inspectorate's records. This rate has remained broadly constant over many years. Appellants should be confident at the time they make their appeal that they are able to make their full case.

How long does it take to get a UK visa after appeal? ›

How long does it take to get a visa after appeal? Depending on the complexity of your case, the type of UK visa refusal appeal, and the strength of your application, your immigration appeal may take between 6 and 12 months.

Why is my appeal taking so long? ›

If the appeals process takes a long time, it's because your case must go through several stages. And at each stage after you file, you have to wait behind other cases that have been filed before yours. The first step, which is the fastest, is starting the appeals process.

Are appeals hard to win? ›

Winning an appeal is very hard. You must prove that the trial court made a legal mistake that caused you harm. The trial court does not have to prove it was right, but you have to prove there was a mistake. So it is very hard to win an appeal.

How do you win an appeal case? ›

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  4. Understand the Possible Outcomes.

What are the three possible outcomes at an appeals court? ›

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If the appeal court allows the appeal, it can reverse or change the judge's decision, or order a new trial or hearing.

How do you get a judge to rule in your favor? ›

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  1. Your arguments must make logical sense. ...
  2. Know your audience.
  3. Know your case.
  4. Know your adversary's case.
  5. Never overstate your case. ...
  6. If possible lead with the strongest argument.
  7. Select the most easily defensible position that favors your case.
  8. Don't' try to defend the indefensible.
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What can you do if a judge is unfair? ›

A grievance regarding a complaint against a Judge can be taken up for inquiry by the concerned High Court or Supreme Court as per in-house procedure adopted by them. There is no role of Government in disposal of such grievances.

What happens when a judge is biased? ›

When a defendant, in a criminal case, claims that the judge showed bias, the record from the trial is reviewed to see if the defendant was deprived his or her due process of law. Bias, though, does not encompass unfavorable rulings, expressions of impatience, dissatisfaction, annoyance, nor anger.

What reasons can planning permission be refused? ›

Common issues when it might not reach the standards include required the minimum required space standards, and also other amenity requirements. Tying in with other aspects, a badly planned location also means that a project will have its planning permission rejected.

How much does it cost to appeal planning permission? ›

There is no cost to appeal a planning decision but applicants must pay their own expenses, which will depend on the appeal procedure and whether the applicant requires professional representations.

How do you start an appeal letter? ›

Appeal Letter Format

Introduce yourself, and explain that you are writing an appeal letter. State the particular decision or situation you are appealing. State your side of the story. Were facts overlooked?

Can a judge overrule another judges order? ›

One Judge of a High Court has, however, no right to overrule the decision of another Judge of the same High Court nor has one division Bench of a High Court the legal right to overrule another decision of a Division Bench of the same High Court.

Can you appeal a consent order? ›

Generally speaking, if you challenge the Consent Order because you say the court made a mistake, you should be appealing it. You will need to apply for the court's permission to appeal after the time limit to appeal has expired.

Can you challenge a court order? ›

You have a right to appeal any decision of the lower court. However, you should think about whether you are likely to succeed before deciding to appeal a decision. b. unjust because of a serious procedural or other problem with the proceedings in the lower court.

What are the 4 possible decisions that can be issued after an appeal? ›

What are the possible outcomes of an appeal?
  • Affirm the decision of the trial court, in which case the verdict at trial stands.
  • Reverse the decision to the trial court, in which case a new trial may be ordered.
  • Remand the case to the trial court.

How is an appeal presented? ›

Procedure. The appeal filed before the High Court has to be in written form and is presented by the convict or the accused person or by his advocate. In case the accused is in jail then the jail authorities would file the appeal on his behalf. The appeal filed before the Court should contain clear grounds.

What is the procedure of appeal? ›

Appeals can be filed to the Supreme court by filing a petition with the court which enacted the decree, upon which the petition would be heard and disposed of within a period of sixty days. Petitions submitted for this purpose must state the grounds of appeal.

How many types of appeal are there? ›

Appeals may be broadly classified into two kinds: First appeal; and. Second appeal.

When should I take an appeal? ›

The appeal shall be taken within fifteen (15) days from notice of the judgment or final order appealed from. Where a record on appeal is required, the appellant shall file a notice of appeal and a record on appeal within thirty (30) days from notice of the judgment or final order.

What is the full meaning of appeal? ›

1 : to arouse a sympathetic response an idea that appeals to him. 2 : to make an earnest request We appealed to them for help. 3 law : to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review. 4 : to call upon another for corroboration, vindication, or decision.

How long can you appeal a case? ›

The appellant must serve a notice of appeal (whether the usual form or the easy read form both of which have been prescribed by the LCJ) on the court and the CPS (i.e. the respondent)not more than 15 business days after the sentence or date the sentence was deferred, (whichever is earlier) or after the order or failure ...

What is time limit for appeal to High Court? ›

It differs from case to case but generally 90 days for the appeals or revision filed against the order of the lower court. But no time limit for CRPs filed under Article 227 of constitution of India and 30 days for the Appeal from the orders of the High Court.

Can appeal be filed after review? ›

An appeal may be filed after an application for review, but once the appeal is heard, the review cannot proceed. On the other hand, if the application for review is granted and a new decree is passed, the appeal cannot be heard and it must be dismissed for the decree appealed from is superseded by a new decree.

Who has the right to appeal? ›

To stress, the right to appeal is statutory and one who seeks to avail of it must comply with the statute or rules. The requirements for perfecting an appeal within the reglementary period specified in the law must be strictly followed as they are considered indispensable interdictions against needless delays.

Why should everyone have the right to appeal? ›

It is vital the right exists as it ensures that if a judge does make an error of law or fact the means exist to correct it. In this sense the right of appeal as a form of explanatory accountability has two distinct (but overlapping) functions, one private and one public.

Is appeal a statutory right? ›

Vijay Kumar, AIR 1974 SC 1126 it has been held that suit is inherent, general or common law right and it need not be provided by any statute, however, appeal is a statutory right and is maintainable only when some statute provides the remedy of appeal.

How do I run an appeal hearing? ›

In an appeal hearing, the person carrying out the appeal process should:
  1. introduce everyone, explaining why they are there if necessary.
  2. explain the purpose of the meeting, how it will be conducted and what powers the person hearing the appeal has.
  3. ask you why you are appealing.
  4. look at new evidence, if there is any.

What are the 4 steps in the appeals process? ›

Step 1: File the Notice of Appeal. Step 2: Pay the filing fee. Step 3: Determine if/when additional information must be provided to the appeals court as part of opening your case. Step 4: Order the trial transcripts.

How does the appeal process work? ›

The lodging of an appeal is a process whereby the order made by a judge or magistrate can be overturned if one can prove that the said judge or magistrate made an error in fact or law in ultimately arriving at the judgement and order. If this can be established, the order can be overturned on appeal.

How many types of appeal are there? ›

Appeals may be broadly classified into two kinds: First appeal; and. Second appeal.

What happens when a judge makes a wrong decision? ›

An error of law is the strongest type of ground for appeal because the appellate court reviewing the case does not have to give any weight to what the trial court judge did. The appellate court will look at the law that was supposed to be applied and decide whether or not the trial court judge made a mistake.

Can a judge overrule another judges order? ›

One Judge of a High Court has, however, no right to overrule the decision of another Judge of the same High Court nor has one division Bench of a High Court the legal right to overrule another decision of a Division Bench of the same High Court.

What kind of right is a right to appeal? ›

appeal as a statutory right.

Who Cannot file an appeal? ›

Appealable orders as prescribed under Order 43, R.I. However, appeals cannot be filed based on any order enlisted in clause (a) and from any order passed in appeal under Section 100.

What is the maximum time limit for filing appeal? ›

Appeal to High Court

Time limit: 120 days from the day on which the order appealed against is received by the assessee or CIT.

What is a first appeal? ›

Section 96 of CPC deals with appeals from original decree. Usually, first appeal lies from every original decree passed by any court. It is marked here that appeal may lie from an ex-parte decree, but appeal shall not lie from a decree passed with consent of both parties.

How must a manager confirm their final decision in an appeals meeting? ›

Conduct follow up queries as necessary; Check to ensure that the Company's appeal procedure has been followed; and. Confirm his decision to the employee in writing as soon as reasonably practicable following the meeting.

How do you respond to an appeal letter? ›

In the first paragraph, tell the recipient right away if her appeal is granted, and explain briefly why she received her request. If you are not granting the appeal, thank the recipient for her interest in your business or for her hard work, and at the end of the paragraph give her the bad news.

How do I write an appeal letter? ›

How to write an appeal letter
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  2. Address the recipient directly. ...
  3. Write a formal letter. ...
  4. Stick to the facts when stating your case. ...
  5. Express your gratitude. ...
  6. Keep it short. ...
  7. Note any relevant attachments. ...
  8. Send a follow-up message.

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