I appealed a decision given by the Fifth district court.
The best thing to do at this juncture is to go to the Fifth District Court of Appeals website and download the Oder that dismissed your case. There are several reasons why the Court said it does not have jurisdiction. One of the ore common reasons is that jurisdiction is still in the trial court. That means the Notice of Appeal was filed to early. When you have downloaded that Order then go the local Clerk of Court website where you case was originally handled. Download the Docket Entries for that case. Then contact a law firm that actually does a good amount of appellate work and call them for an opinion. It may be an issue that can be fixed if the right filing is made and it is made quickly. See if the law firm will allow you to fax or scan and email both the Order and the Docket Entires. I can not stress the importance of doing this as soon as possible and having an attorney look at it as soon as possible. Once a time deadline has run, the Courts can be rather unforgiving.
You need to determine why the court dismissed for lack of jurisdiction: a variety of reasons are possible. Without more information, it's hard to give proper advice; you need to speak with an attorney about the facts of the case and find out exactly why the court lacked jurisdiction.
What was the order you appealed? When was that order filed in the trial court? What date did you file the notice of appeal? What did the notice of appeal say?
No way to answer in a vacuum. You need to figure out first what the issue is and whether they were actually correct. This is a classic example of why doing appeals without a lawyer is a horrible idea and can actually cause you more harm. You would be wise to retain an appellate lawyer in your area to review this ASAP before more opportunity is lost or harm done.
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