Has your case been concluded, but you are unhappy about the outcome? Do you believe mistakes were made during your court proceedings? Before you decide to “just deal” with the outcome, contact us to see what appeal rights you have.
To speak with an experienced Virginia appellate lawyer, call Lee Lopez Law PLLC at 703-259-8731 or complete our contact form today. We can assess your case, explain your options, and help you in any way we can.
NO TWO JUDGES ARE THE SAME AND NO TWO CASES ARE IDENTICAL
In life things do not always go the way one hopes or plans, and court proceedings are not any different. No two judges are the same and no two cases are identical. Depending on the day, the same judge may give completely opposite rulings despite two cases being very similar. There is no question that the judicial system, because of the human element that is at its core, reaches outcomes that are flawed, unfair, and sometimes intolerable.
So what happens when you have been the victim of an unfair case outcome? You can either live with the consequences or you can challenge the ruling by appealing the case to the next judicial level. How your appeal will work will depend on the court from which you are appealing, the status of the case, and numerous other factors.
In Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDR) and General District Court (GDC) cases, litigants only have 10 days to appeal the entry of a final order. All appeals from JDR and GDC go to the Circuit Court for the same jurisdiction. Additionally, all trials from JDR and GDC are done “de novo” – this is a fancy Latin phrase that means you get a new trial as though the trial in JDR or GDC never happened. In other words, you have two chances to convince a factfinder of your position whenever you are involved in a JDR or GDC appeal.