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How long does the appeal court judges take to render a judgement on misdemeanor appeal?

San Jose, CA |

This is the time after all the briefs have been filed.

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I have seen it take a year or more.

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While California appellate court try to get cases out within 6-9 months, I agree that it often takes more than a year. At a certain point, the Court of Appeal will advise the parties whether it believes oral argument is necessary and inquire whether either side seeks oral argument. Generally, that notice is not sent until the appellate court has completed its analysis of the briefs and is ready to rule.

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