Attorney Robert Hill
SC Appeals – Tips and News shares with you my experiences from briefing and arguing dozens of appeals throughout the years.
Is there an appeal?
The first question to ask is whether the order you want to appeal is appealable and if the error you want to raise was preserved.
Preservation means that you did what you needed to do for an appellate court to correct what went wrong. This includes how to make sure that you can appeal trial errors by getting a trial-court ruling after raising the issue on the record with specificity.
Other posts explain how hard an appellate court will look at the issues that you want to appeal under the court’s standards of review.
Taking the appeal
The next step is actually taking the appeal. Besides highlighting a handy flow chart on the steps and deadlines, posts describe when and how to file and serve the notice of appeal and explain when the notice of appeal stays the order that you want reviewed.
From there, the blog covers how to prepare the record on appeal.
Preparing appellate briefs
Most of the posts focus or will focus on the appeal briefs, including the brief’s tables, statement of the issues, statement of facts, argument, and conclusion.
In the argument section, posts describe the South Carolina rules of statutory construction and how to spot and answer logical fallacies.
Other posts cover a brief’s typography or appearance, and how to edit the brief to make it more persuasive. Many of the tips come directly from appellate judges.
Besides briefs on the merits, SC Appeals – Tips and News discusses appellate motions that are available such as motions to tax costs.
Posts also include oral argument tips from appellate judges and experienced practitioners.
The blog lastly highlights noteworthy cases on South Carolina appellate practice.
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