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Can I go forward with my appeal if I have missed the 10 day deadline for Notice designating the record on appeal?

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Instead, should I dismiss the appeal at this stage, and file a motion to vacate the order with the lower court, so that if my motion to vacate judgment is denied, I can hopefully get more time to appeal that decision.
I filed my appeal on June 17th, 2013, and haven't filed the Notice designating the record. Is there a remedy or rule allowing me to file it anyway so that my appeal is not dismissed? I haven't received any notices from the court about my appeal. I was misinformed that I had to pay for the cost of the reporter's transcripts in advance, but I have a fee waiver.
I also have not served the notice of appeal on the other party yet because I don't know what that deadline is either. It's an unlimited appeal (family law case).

Attorney Answers 3


  1. You can still go forward with your appeal. If your designation of the record is late, you will eventually receive a notice of default that gives you ten days to file it. I recommend that you just go ahead and file your designation of record as soon as possible.
    It is not necessary for you to serve the notice of appeal on the opposing party; by rule of court, the superior court clerk must do so.

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  2. Yes, you can still proceed with your appeal. You are better off doing so than to dismiss the appeal and starting over. Failing to timely designate the record just means that the Court of Appeal will send you a notice of default, giving you 10 days to comply.

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  3. Yes, you can still proceed with the appeal. No reason to start the process over.

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