- After filing all of the appropriate documents with the clerk of appellate courts, the adverse party, and the trial court, the appellant may file a brief with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This brief is the basis of your appeal. The brief should contain all of your arguments and should contain citations to the trial court transcript, orders, and communications. The respondent then has thirty (30) days to file a response brief.
- After each party submits a brief, the Minnesota Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments. Only attorneys may appear and argue before the court of appeals. The court of appeals has sixty (60) days after oral arguments to issue its opinion.
- The court of appeals has three options.
First, it may affirm the trial court’s ruling or judgment. This means the appellant loses.
Second, the court of appeals may reverse the trial court’s ruling or judgment. This means the appellant wins.
Third, the court of appeals may remand the case back to the trial court. This means the parties must go back to the trial court and re-litigate the issue(s) appealed.