Extending an appeal due date?
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If you are appealing a decision of superior court, your Notice of Appeal is due within 30 days of the final judgment. The Notice of Appeal is a simple document. You don't have to make any arguments. All you are saying is that you want to appeal the decision, basically. The Court of Appeals has a form: http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/pdf/RAP/APP_RAP_FORM1.pdf
Make sure you follow the rules for filing and service and paying the filing fee.
Ordinarily, it is not possible to extend the 30-day deadline. However, that strict rule has been suspended temporarily due to Covid-19. The deadline is still in force, but you can file a motion before the deadline to ask for an extension. Such a motion should explain why an extension of time is "in the interests of justice". Always better to just meet the deadline, though, if you can, and not leave anything to chance.
If this is a different kind of appeal, different rules may apply.
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I suggest you not miss the 30 day deadline. If this is an appeal from the Superior Court to the Washington State Court of Appeals or Washington State Supreme Court, a Notice of Appeal is a simple form, with all the Orders from the case you wish to appeal attached. You file in your trial court, and pay a filing fee. There is a form at http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/pdf/RAP/APP_RAP_FORM1.pdf
It is very hard to get an extension, and you have to ask before the deadline, and explain why you need one. (The Courts have created new rules because of COVID-19, but it is still best not to miss the 30 day deadline.) If this is not a Washington State Superior Court action, different rules will apply.
As to your request for legal help, I see that you are in Spokane and are a low income student. You may want to try contacting the Spokane County Bar Association and legal clinics in law schools near you (like Gonzaga's) and see if they offer pro bono or low cost consultations on the area of law at issue in your case or referrals to lawyers in your area. You might also try Northwest Justice Project or Columbia Legal Services for a free or lower cost consultation. There are a lot of very good appellate lawyers in Washington State, but I understand the challenges of connecting with someone right now or knowing what expertise you need.
It is not clear what deadline you are concerned about. The 30-day deadline after the trial judge's decision is to file a Notice of Appeal, which is a one-page document informing the court you wish to appeal. That deadline in general will not be extended. You will then have time to obtain the record for the appeal (transcripts of trial proceedings, a copy of the court file) and get those items to the appellate court. You will then have 45 days to prepare your brief, and the appellate court will frequently extend that time if you ask. Appeals are very technical. If this is a criminal case, you have the right to have a lawyer appointed to represent you on appeal. If it is a civil case, you can hire counsel, but it depends whether it is worth it financially to you to do so. Good luck.
due date??? which one....if you have not filed a notice of appeal do so this week and do not delay....it cannot generally extended.