Fighting Frivolous Appeals

Photo by Michigan Municipal League is licensed under CC 2.0.  Most people have heard about the problem of frivolous lawsuits and the extreme cost of both time and money associated with this issue. A problem related to frivolous lawsuits is the problem of frivolous appeals. The Arkansas Supreme Court is concerned about the issue Read more…

Stay Pending Appeal

Photo by WEBN-TV is licensed under CC 2.0.  Generally, in a civil matter on appeal, the appellant has lost the case—thus the reason for filing the appeal—and the appellee has been awarded a judgment against the appellant. The appellant, however, does not want to pay the appellee until the appeal is settled and, in Read more…

Certified Questions of Law

Photo by Cliff is licensed under CC 2.0.  Sometimes, a court must apply the law of another jurisdiction when deciding a case before it. This frequently happens when a federal court must decide an issue of state law. In the federal system, federal courts must attempt to answer questions of substantive state Read more…

The Record on Appeal

Photo by Chuck Coker is licensed under CC 2.0.  When compiling the record on appeal, it is important that you carefully adhere to the Rules of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and the Rules of Appellate Procedure. The applicable rules surrounding the record on appeal can be quite complex and detailed. In Read more…

Oral Arguments

Photo by Michigan Municipal League is licensed under CC 2.0.  Oral arguments serve as the face of appellate practice in popular culture. The idea of attorneys arguing before a panel of judges captures the minds of the public, sometimes in ways that even actual trials cannot. As the US Supreme Court has taken on Read more…

Amici Curiae Briefs

Photo by Wendy Seltzer is licensed under CC 2.0. When working with appeals, it is not uncommon to see or hear the Latin phrase Amici Curiae. In highly charged court cases with significant implications for society at large, particularly those cases before the United States Supreme Court, references to amici curiae briefs—sometimes Read more…