Jul 07, 2021
When can I appeal?

In general, a trial court’s entry of a “final judgment” is a prerequisite to filing an appeal (exceptions are addressed elsewhere in this FAQ). A final judgment ends the proceedings by completely disposing of the matter in controversy. This requirement differs between California and federal courts.

If a jury verdict has been entered against you, you must wait until the trial court enters a final judgment before challenging the verdict.

When you appeal from a final judgment, you may also challenge other earlier rulings that were not yet appealable until the trial court entered final judgment, including, for example, but not limited to, discovery orders, evidentiary orders, and summary judgment/adjudication denials.