Filing an Appeal to a Family Court Order in Maricopa County – Processing Time

Fromm Smith & Gadow P.C. handles appeals related to Family and Juvenile Court matters. However, the appellate process can be time consuming.

Division One Court of Appeals has released their annual report for FY 2015 regarding processing times for appeals. Here are the highlights with defined terms below:

“Time to Disposition.” This standard measures the length of time between when an appeal begins at the Court and when the Court issues its decision in the appeal.

“At-Issue to Disposition.” This standard measures the length of time between when the Court has received all the briefs, transcripts and other records that are required to decide an appeal, and when the Court issues its decision in the appeal.

“Under-Advisement to Disposition.” This standard measures the length of time between when a panel of judges meets to consider an appeal and when the Court issues its decision in the appeal.

The report shows the civil cases goal for “time to disposition” of an appeal (from start to finish) to be within 400 days and that approximately 75% of the civil cases hit that goal (down about 11% since 2011). Juvenile cases the goal is within 275 days with 97.5% of cases meeting the goal and Special Actions are within 25 days with 81% of cases meeting that goal.

The report shows the civil cases goal for “at issue to disposition” to be within 225 days and that only approximately 50.1% of the civil cases hit that goal. Juvenile cases the goal is within 100 days with 81.3% of cases meeting the goal.

The report shows the civil cases goal for “under advisement to disposition” to be within 120 days and that approximately 88% of the civil cases hit that goal. Juvenile cases the goal is within 40 days with 84.6% of cases meeting the goal.

If thinking of filing an appeal it is important to speak with an experienced attorney immediately to insure you do not miss any important deadlines that may further delay the process.

James L. Cork II is an Associate Attorney at Fromm Smith and Gadow PC.  Mr. Cork has been practicing Family Law since 2008 and is a board certified specialist in the area of Family Law.  Mr. Cork has successfully represented clients in appellate matters related to Juvenile Court and Family Court matters.  To schedule a consultation with Mr. Cork please call 602-955-1515.

This post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship shall exist unless and until an agreement for legal services is reached between attorney and client, and a legal services contract is fully executed by and between attorney and client.

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