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Appeals and Writs

Appeals are available after a final judgment. Most other orders are not appealable, but can be reviewed by writ. Writs of administrative mandate (mandamus) are used to ask a judge to review a decision made by an administrative body, such as the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board.


These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of civil appeals or writs. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

Sacramento County Bar Association Attorney Referral Service
  - 916-564-6707. Call for hours.
Services provided: Referrals to attorneys who meet experience qualifications, are in good standing with the bar, and have professional liability insurance. Cases must be within Sacramento County.
Fee: $50 for initial consultation. No fee for referrals on Personal Injury cases. In some situations, reduced fees are available to low income persons.


The Judicial Council creates several of the forms needed to begin a civil appeal. For writs and appellate briefs, you will need to create your own forms. Please visit the Law Library for samples and more information.

Judicial Council Forms-Appellate Forms
These forms can be filled out online.


The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Guides marked "Step-by-Step"  provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.


The California Courts has produced a video entitled "To Appeal or Not to Appeal" which provides information about the appeals process and can help you decide whether or not an appeal is an appropriate choice for you.