If you are not satisfied with a court decision, judgment or order made by a Circuit Court Judge, you are entitled to appeal that decision to the Court of Appeals. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to look at what the Circuit Court Judge did to determine if they made the right decision and/or followed the correct procedure.
Guide to Appellate Procedures for the Self-Represented:
Filing an Appeal FAQs:
When you want a judge to review a decision that was made by a Circuit Court Commissioner because you disagree with what the Circuit Court Commissioner decided you must file for a New (DeNovo) Hearing. Either party may request a DeNovo Hearing, but the request must be made within specific time limits.
Reviews of Court Commissioner Decisions:
Once an decision has been made by a Family Court Commissioner, any party may request a review of their decision before a Circuit Court Judge. This request must be made in writing (using form FA-4130) and filed with the Family Court on the 3rd Floor of the County Courthouse. The court will schedule a date and send notice to all parties.