Interlocutory Appeals

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I signed up to teach a CLE about the basics of appellate practice. When I say “the basics,” I am not being modest. I will speak to the practitioners who never ever want to sign up for the username on the Court of Appeals’ website. Ever. The sort of warriors who win their trials the old-fashioned way—before the jury. We will talk about the meaning of “interlocutory,” and where one goes to find the record, and why some of the published opinions are called “unpublished,” and why a “remand” is rarely a good thing. And of I get really…

The Right To Make an Honest Living Is a Substantial Right

I wrote recently about the new law that made family law practitioners’ life much easier because appeals from just about any divorce-related claim are no longer interlocutory. That is all well and good for divorce practitioners, but it does not resolve the matter for every case. Which interlocutory order can be appealed and which can not be appealed is almost never an easy decision. The two-part test itself is easy: Whether a substantial right is affected by the challenged order and whether this substantial right might be lost, prejudiced, or inadequately preserved in the absence of an immediate appeal. The…

Not Interlocutory Anymore: The New Law Allows Each Claim In Divorce To Be Appealed Separately

  Let’s say your client is bitterly unhappy with the result of her equitable distribution hearing. You re-read the trial transcript and confirm to yourself what you knew all along: you have a good appeal. You advise your client accordingly and brace for the inevitable: she wants to appeal now. Right away. Yesterday, if possible. But her alimony claim is still pending. Now what? In the olden days, you were stuck. You could have yourself an immediate appeal of equitable distribution order. Or you could have yourself an alimony trial. But you could not have both, because any unresolved…

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