California’s 5th District Court of Appeal launched a new online Appellate Self-Help Resource Center for self-represented litigants and lawyers who seek help with the appeals process.
“The appeals process is daunting and mysterious,” said Brian Cotta, clerk/executive officer for the 5th District Court of Appeal. “As a solution and in close partnership with the other courts of appeal in California and the Judicial Council, we’ve created one, uniform website for self-represented litigants and attorneys.”
Court users and attorneys who are unfamiliar with the appeals process can now visit the website to understand basic concepts of how courts of appeal operate, including how a case moves through a court of appeal, understanding which documents they need to complete and submit, and when to appeal or not to appeal a case. Through short videos and the interaction with a chat bot, court users can get answers to common questions.
While the 5th DCA covers nine counties in central California, the website is a resource for all Californians representing themselves at the appellate level.