How long will it take to get a decision on my appeal?

By May 29, 2014 April 3rd, 2018 blog post

How long will it take to get a decision on my appeal?


According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, the time frame for deciding an appeal depends on various factors. Certain cases, such as child custody matters (including child abuse and neglect), are given priority status. In some cases, the Court of Appeals may order that a case be handled on an expedited basis. An expedited basis means it will be set for a decision on a fast track. Much to many criminal appellant’s dismay, approximately ninety percent of all cases before the Court of Appeals are concluded within 18 months of their filing. The length of time to complete a case is affected by the time required for preparation of the lower court record, the filing of the parties’ briefs, the time it takes for transcripts to be prepared, the volume of cases before the Court and the Court staffing resources. In many cases, a criminal defendant is incarcerated in jail or prison and the hope is that the Court of Appeals will expedite cases where a person’s liberty is a stake.

Just know, if you are wondering “How long will it take to get a decision on my appeal?”, you are not alone.

Considering an Appeal of a Criminal Conviction or Sentence?

Appeals are common in many criminal cases including murder trials, white-collar crimes, domestic violence, DUI, OWI, drunk driving, criminal sexual conduct, assault, drug offenses, and other felonies or misdemeanor crimes. A Michigan appellate lawyer can appeal a conviction, sentence or an inappropriate decision at a motion hearing by filing an appeal or by taking other actions including:

•    Motion to Change or Withdraw a Plea

•    Motion for Directed Verdict

•    Motion for Ginther Hearing

•    Motion for a New Trial

•    Sentence Appeals, Reversals and/or Modifications

•    Post-Conviction Motion

•    Motion for Relief From Judgment

•    Motion to Set Aside a Conviction

•    Writs of Certiorari

•    Writs of Mandamus

•    Writs of Habeas Corpus

•    Appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeal

•    Appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court

If you or a loved one is in need of a criminal appellate lawyer, please do not hesitate to call Appellate Attorney Randy Lewis or Appellate Attorney Loren Dickstein for a free consultation.  If it is possible to help you, we will find a way.  Call (248) 263-6800. If you would like a Michigan Criminal Appeal Attorney to promptly contact you, please fill out a Request for Assistance Form.

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