How to File an Appeal

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All documents presented for filing with the Clerk's Office must comply with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Local Rules of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Local Rules of this Court. To purchase a copy of these rules, please contact the Los Angeles Daily Journal at (213) 229-5300.

CM/ECF Users

A Notice of Appeal (form A-02) filed by counsel must be electronically filed and must include a representation statement pursuant to Local Circuit Rule 3-2.

The fee to file an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is $505.00 for civil and criminal cases.

In order to assist with the process of paying the filing fee when electronically filing a Notice of Appeal, the Court has enabled on-line payments through the Court's CM/ECF pay.gov service. The fee may be paid on-line with a credit card when filing the Notice of Appeal or may be paid at a later time. If the fee is not paid at the time of the filing of the appeal, the payment must be in the form of a cashier's check, certified bank check, business or corporate check, or money order drawn on a major American bank or the United States Postal Service, and made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court.  Major credit cards (MasterCard/Visa, Discover, American Express) are also accepted.

Transcript designations filed by counsel must be electronically filed. For information on how to designate transcripts for the record on appeal, please refer to Ninth Circuit Rule 10-3. The new Transcript Designation and Ordering Form G-120 replaced the Transcript Order Form AO-435 and the Transcript Designation and Ordering Form A-9. The electronic filing of this form will suffice for transcript requests and transcript designations. For Information regarding payment arrangements for transcripts, see Court Reporter/Recorder Transcripts.

Pro Se (Self-Represented) Litigants

A Notice of Appeal (form A-02) filed by a pro se (self-represented) litigant may be manually filed at any Divisional Office.  The locations of the Divisional Offices are:

•    Western Division:
     Civil cases: Civil Intake, Spring Street Courthouse, 312 N. Spring Street, Rm. G-8, Los Angeles, CA 90012
     Criminal cases: Criminal Intake, Edward R. Roybal Federal Building & Courthouse, 255 E. Temple Street, Rm. 178, Los Angeles, CA 90012
•    Southern Division: Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 411 W. 4th Street, Rm. 1035, Santa Ana, CA 92701
•    Eastern Division: George E. Brown, Jr. and United States Courthouse, 3470 Twelfth Street, Riverside, CA 92501

A copy of the judgment or order being appealed and the proof of service must be attached to the Notice of Appeal.  Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 11-3.5, the appeal package must include the original and one copy, both blue-backed.

When mailing the Notice of Appeal, submit the original and one copy of the Notice of Appeal and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the conformed copy.

The filing fee for an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is $505.00 for civil and criminal cases. No personal checks or checks drawn on non-business accounts will be accepted from either an attorney or a member of the public. If the fee is not paid at the time of the filing of the appeal, the payment must be in the form of a cashier's check, certified bank check, business or corporate check, or money order drawn on a major American bank or the United States Postal Service, and made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court.  Major credit cards (MasterCard/Visa, Discover, American Express) are also accepted.  To request a fee waiver, please complete a Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Appeal in Forma Pauperis (form A-18).

Transcript designations may be manually filed at any Divisional Office.  The locations of the Divisional Offices are:

•    Western Division:
     Civil cases: Civil Intake, Spring Street Courthouse, 312 N. Spring Street, Rm. G-8, Los Angeles, CA 90012
     Criminal cases: Criminal Intake, Edward R. Roybal Federal Building & Courthouse, 255 E. Temple Street, Rm. 178, Los Angeles, CA 90012
•    Southern Division: Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 411 W. 4th Street, Rm. 1035, Santa Ana, CA 92701
•    Eastern Division: George E. Brown, Jr. and United States Courthouse, 3470 Twelfth Street, Riverside, CA 92501

For information on how to designate transcripts for the record on appeal, please refer to Ninth Circuit 10-3.  The new Transcript Designation and Ordering Form G-120 replaced the Transcript Order Form AO-435 and the Transcript Designation and Ordering Form A-9. The filing of this form will suffice for transcript requests and transcript designations. Form G-120 can also be obtained at the Civil Intake Department located in the Clerk’s Office. For Information regarding payment arrangements for transcripts, see Court Reporter/Recorder Transcripts.

If you cannot access the Court's website in order to obtain any of the above-mentioned forms, please call 213-894-3570 and leave a detailed message including your name and mailing address.  The requested forms will be mailed to you within 24 to 48 hours.