Sometimes, despite a Nevada individual’s or business’ best efforts, their court case will not go as they had hoped.
If they initiated litigation in Reno or Las Vegas state courts, the local judge or jury might decide that the person should not get the relief they wanted.
On the defense side, the party might end up owing a hefty judgment or be subject to a stifling court order, and possibly both.
In either case, one could leave the process feeling they were not treated fairly and could be wondering what their options are.
Nevada’s trial courts rarely have the final say on a matter. Litigants in Nevada’s courts have the option to appeal final decisions. All appeals initially go to the Nevada Supreme Court, but a case may get assigned to Nevada’s Court of Appeals for review.
Appeals are not the same as a do-over of a trial. However, the appellate courts will examine the transcripts, the court documents and other information to see if the trial court made any legal or process mistakes that need to be corrected.
If the appellate court does decide to change a decision, it may just change the result itself or ask the trial court to consider the matter further.
Appeals are complicated legal proceedings
As a word of caution to those who are considering it, filing an appeal is a complicated affair.
Doing so will require the person wanting the appeal to meet strict deadlines and follow many detailed rules. Before even filing, the person will want to understand what their chances of success are.
Sometimes, it is better to pursue other alternatives after an unfavorable outcome in court.
Likewise, someone whose opponent has appealed and who wants to defend the court’s decision will want to be sure that they understand the process and follow it correctly.