manual is a summary of basic procedural requirements for processing and
perfecting direct appeals from the lower courts and administrative agencies in
the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. It is designed for use merely as a reference
tool and a general, simple information guide for attorneys and litigants
practicing before this Court. It is not to be used as a substitute for
the Missouri Rules of Court or the judicial decisions
interpreting them. Nothing in the ABCs of Appellate Practice
shall be reported, cited or otherwise used in any case before any court. Attorneys and litigants are urged to examine
the Rules and judicial decisions for a thorough understanding of appellate procedures
and potential issues in their case.
practice before the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals is
governed by Supreme Court Rules that are applicable to all three appellate
districts in Missouri. Generally those rules are found in Rule 30
for criminal appeals and Rules 81 and 84 for civil appeals. Special Rules have been promulgated by the Southern
District applicable to those counties within this Court’s jurisdiction.
District is composed of 7 judges and has general appellate and original
remedial writ jurisdiction over cases arising in the 44 counties in the
southern half of Missouri. The
Court is located at 300 Hammons Parkway, Springfield,
Missouri, 65806. Telephone No.: (417) 895-6811 and
Telefacsimile No.: (417) 895-6817. The Court holds oral argument in Springfield
in January, March, June and September.
Oral Argument is held in Poplar Bluff
in April and October. The Court may sit
in other locations in the Southern District during the year.
THE APPELLATE PROCESS: STEP BY
a party initiates an appeal by filing a notice of appeal with the clerk of the
trial court that issued the judgment.
Once the notice of appeal is filed, the party appealing, or Appellant,
has responsibility for ordering and filing a record on appeal and then filing
an “Appellant’s Brief.” Strict time
lines govern these filings and the process can be complicated. While the staff at the Court can explain the
appellate process and court procedure to litigants, they cannot give legal
advice about their cases.