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In Michigan, civil lawsuit judgments and criminal convictions are appealable to a higher court. In most civil cases, an appeal must be filed within 21 days entry of a civil judgment. A district court case can be appealed to the circuit court. An appeal may be taken from the circuit court to the Court of Appeals. An appeal may be taken from the Court of Appeals to the Michigan Supreme Court. Criminal cases can likewise be appealed from the District Court to Circuit, or felony convictions from Circuit Court to the Court of Appeals and then to the Supreme Court. In a criminal case, a writ of habeas corpus can be filed in the federal court on the basis of the state court violating federal law or the United States Constitution. Generally, appeals in criminal cases must be filed within 42 days of the judgment of sentence, with some exceptions like post conviction appeals. Late appeals may be filed in criminal cases generally within 6 months as of September, 2011. Prior to that time, late appeals could be filed within one year of the conclusion of the case. Because there are a lot details to appeals, it is good idea to start early in the process. The Michigan Court of Appeals now has an electronic filing of appeals that can simplify the filing requirements.

Matthew Brown has extensive appellate experience over the past 24 years in practice. During his last year in law school at Wayne State University, Matt served as a legal intern former Michigan Supreme Court Judge Patricia Boyle. During his career, Matt has obtained reversals of circuit court decisions appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals and has numerous successful defenses of appeals filed against his clients that were filed in the court of appeals. In addition, he as obtained reversals of criminal convictions. In 2010, Matt appeared before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati in a published case.- See more at: