Plano, TX asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Georgia

Q: For an appeals case in GA, do I include everything I sent to District Court in my brief?

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Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels
  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Baltimore, MD

A: First, I am not a GA lawyer. That being said, usually the clerk of the lower court sends "the record" to the appellate court. That is usually everything in the case being appealed--docket entries, pleadings, discovery, motions, transcripts, orders, etc. And generally, the party appealing has to put together a "record extract" or "joint appendix" containing items included by the pertinent appellate Rule(s) and items from the case that the party finds important --given the issues on appeal. And generally that does not include everything. That document is usually a separate document with its own table of contents and page numbering, and is to be filed at the same time as the brief. The brief should reference the "record extract" or "joint appendix" by the page numbering that you have done. Depending on the size of the case, and the issues on appeal, that process to assemble, etc. that separate document can take some time.

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