The answer is, as long as he likes (within reason). The question is what is reasonable. Some may say 6 months, some may say a year. Just have your PD keep pushing for a response, it will come eventually.
As my colleagues stated, it all depends. The process is that your attorney files the Notice of Appeal, then the Clerk of Court prepares all the court records and sends them to the appellate court. Your attorney files the initial brief with the appellate court, then the Attorney General's office responds with an answer brief. Your attorney may then respond to the Atty General's brief. Eventually all of the briefs and responses are submitted to the appellate court which will then review everything that has been submitted and render a decision. The nature of the charge(s), the complexity of the issue(s), and the length of the records will all weigh into how long it will take the appellate court to render a decision. I hope this helps. Good Luck
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