According to the Colorado Judicial Branch Annual Statistical Report, there were 2,481 new filings in the Colorado Court of Appeals in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 — comprising 968 civil cases. The purpose of Colorado’s appellate courts is to thoughtfully review decisions of lower courts, correct legal oversights, and ensure consistency in all judicial decisions.

If you disagree with the final decision of a lower court and you wish to appeal a civil or personal injury judgment, you’ll need the help of a knowledgeable appellate litigation attorney every step of the way. Our experienced attorneys at Landry Law, P.C., can fight zealously to protect your rights and represent your best interests at every phase of the legal process. As your legal counsel, we will attempt to get your unjust decision overturned and help you get the justice you deserve.

Landry Law, P.C is proud to serve clients throughout Lone Tree, Trinidad, Denver, Douglas County, Castle Pines, and Castle Rock, Colorado.

How Do the Courts Recognize an Appeal?

Appeals can be described as the process whereby a person who loses a case in a trial or lower court asks a higher court (known as an appellate court) to review the lower court's decision. Generally, the appellate court is only concerned with two things:

  • Whether any legal mistakes were made in the lower court

  • Whether any legal mistakes changed the final judgment in the case

Colorado Court of Appeals will only review the events that happened in the trial or lower court to determine whether there was a legal mistake made during the original trial.



When Should You Appeal?

After a jury or judge has made a judgment in a civil or personal injury lawsuit, this may not necessarily be the end of the case with the Colorado legal system. If either party involved in the civil action disagrees with the final decision or believes that the judgment is in error, the concerned party may appeal to the district court by filing a Notice of Appeal within the next 14 days.

Common Grounds for Appeals

It is possible that the judge or jury can make a serious legal mistake that affects the outcome of a case. Some common ground for appeals include:

  • There was a misapplication of the law

  • The judge allowed the introduction of inadmissible evidence

  • There was judge or juror bias

  • Ineffective counsel

Understanding The Appeals Process

It’s important to understand that an appeal is not a new trial. The appeals court reviews the proceedings and judicial rulings of the trial or lower court to determine whether any legal mistakes occurred that significantly altered the judge's final decision. The appeals process in Colorado is as follows:

Filing a Notice of Appeal

A case begins in the court of appeals when a party files a notice of appeal. The notice of appeal must be filed within 14 days after the final decision was made by the judge in the trial court.

Filing an Appeal Bond

Also, the appealing party must file an appeal bond with the county clerk within the same time frame. The county court determines the amount of the appeal bond, and is intended to cover the judgment amount and appeal costs, should the appealing party lose the appeal

Preparation of the Appeal Record

The court clerk prepares and issues a record of the proceeding in the county court, including the summons, the complaint, a complete transcript of the hearing, proof of service, and the final judgment.

Screening for Jurisdictional Issues

After a party files a notice of appeal, the case will be screened by the motions and jurisdiction counsel for jurisdictional issues. The appealing party will then have 21 days to file the appeal brief with the district court. Briefs filed by the appellant will be screened by the law clerks to ensure that they comply with the court of appeals’ formatting rules.

Determination of Appeal

Once a case is fully briefed, the case becomes "at issue." This will be circulated between a panel of three judges. The judges will review the appeal briefs, the record, and render its decision. Once the court has made a decision, the judgment on appeal shall be certified to the lower court for appropriate action.

How Can an Appellate
Litigation Attorney Help?

Just because a civil or personal injury lawsuit is finalized doesn't mean the decision can't be overturned. If you believe that a civil judgment was unfairly or wrongly awarded, it’s important you immediately retain a knowledgeable Colorado appellate litigation attorney to protect your rights and oversee the process of your appeal.

At Landry Law, P.C, our attorneys have devoted their careers to providing strong representation when handling complex civil and personal injury issues related to appellate matters. As your legal counsel, we will help you navigate the appellate process and continue fighting for the justice that you deserve. With our team on your side, you can increase your chances of receiving a favorable outcome in your appeal.


If you believe a civil or personal injury decision was unfairly awarded, you may be entitled to seek an appeal. Contact Landry Law, P.C. today to schedule a one-on-one case assessment with an experienced Colorado appellate litigation attorney. Our team can help protect your rights and fight to get any wrongful decision overturned. We proudly serve clients throughout Lone Tree, Denver, Trinidad, Castle Pines, Douglas County, and Castle Rock, Colorado.