Appeals

General Information

The Appeals Department processes Appeals for both criminal and civil cases. This includes handling the communications among the various courts that may be involved in an Appeal: the state and County Courts of Duval County, the Florida First District Court of Appeal, and the Florida Supreme Court.

The Appeals Department provides customer service by giving general information regarding the appellate process and assisting in the filing of appellate documents. However, the Clerk’s Office cannot provide legal advice. Those needing legal assistance may wish to speak to an attorney.

For assistance you may contact the Appeals Department at (904) 255-2000, or you may visit in person at the address below.

What is an Appeal?

An Appeal is a legal process in which a ruling by a lower court is reviewed by a higher court to decide whether the lower court’s ruling should stand as is or be reversed. In other words, if you don’t agree with a court’s ruling, you can ask a higher court to review that ruling and perhaps change it.

Notice of Appeal

A Notice of Appeal is a document that gets the appeal process started. If you want to appeal a court order or ruling, this document has to be filed within 30 days of the date of the sentence or the final judgment.

How to File a Notice of Appeal

To file a Notice of Appeal, you must do it in the department of the Clerk’s Office that corresponds with the court order or the sentence that you are appealing. The Notice of Appeal should be composed as shown in Rule 9.900 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure.

When you’re filing a Notice of Appeal, it also has to contain a Certificate of Service indicating that. This shows that a copy has been served on the opposing party. For civil cases, you should also attach a copy of the court order that you are appealing. In criminal cases, this order is needed only if the court asks for it.

If you have questions or need assistance, we invite you to call or visit our office at the address below. But again, please remember that the Clerk’s Office cannot provide legal advice.

Effect on Proceedings

It’s important to understand that when a Notice of Appeal is filed, the proceedings in lower court are not automatically put on hold. To do this, the appellant or representative must file a Motion to Stay, and an Order to Stay must be entered by the lower court.

IMPORTANT: Confidential Information within Court Filings

Please be advised that the Florida Supreme Court has substantially amended Rule 2.420 (Public Access to Judicial Branch Records) in SC11-2466. The Rule involves procedures regarding confidentiality of Court records and requires filers to notify the Clerk of confidential information contained in any filings. The amendment was effective May 1, 2013 and may be accessed at the following website link.

Please take special notice that the Court may impose sanctions under Rule 2.420 (i) for non-compliance.

For your convenience, an interactive form for providing notice of confidential information within court filings is available by following the link below.

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Fees

Fee Description Amount
County court to circuit court $281.00
Circuit court fee - filing of notice of appeal to higher court (includes certified copy of notice of appeal) (Money Order or Business Check Only) $100.00
District Court of Appeals / Florida Supreme Court (Money Order or Business Check Only) $300.00
Documentation Preparation Fee $7.00

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Appeal?

An Appeal is a legal process in which a ruling by a lower court is reviewed by a higher court to decide whether the lower court’s ruling should stand as is or be reversed. In other words, if you don’t agree with a court’s ruling, you can ask a higher court to review that ruling and perhaps change it.

How long do I have to file a Notice of Appeal?

A Notice of Appeal has to be filed within 30 days of the original court’s final ruling.

For civil cases—as opposed to criminal cases—you must file the original Notice of Appeal as well as two identical copies of it. A copy of the court order has to be attached to the original Notice and to each of the two copies being filed (i.e. one for the filer, one to serve the adverse party).

Office Information

Appeals Department

Office Hours

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays): 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

Duval County Clerk of Courts

Attn: APPEALS DEPARTMENT

501 West Adams Street, Room 1228

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone

(904)255-2000

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