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Appeals

Overview


An appeal is a legal action by a party to a case whereby a higher court is asked to review a decision or ruling of a lower court. A notice of Appeal shall be filed any time between rendition of final judgment and thirty (30) days following rendition of a written order being imposed or to be reviewed. Civil Appeal cases require filing the original Notice of Appeal. A copy of the court order must be attached to the original filing.

Effective January 1, 2021, the District Court of Appeal (DCA) has appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from county court decisions. Notice of Appeals for such matters should be filed directly with the District Courts (pursuant to Ch. 2020-61, Chapter 2020-61 Laws of Fla.).

For additional information, you may visit Florida Courts - Know Your Court and Florida District Court of Appeal

How to File


Circuit Civil, County Traffic, Felony, Juvenile and Misdemeanor Appeal cases are filed in the Appeals Division.

Probate Appeals are filed in the Probate Division.

County Civil Appeals are filed in the County Civil Division in which the case resides.

Fees and Costs


Appeals Fees for Circuit Civil, Family, Felony, and Probate Cases

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS MADE PAYABLE TO "BROWARD COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS".

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS — Attorney’s trust account checks must be imprinted with the words “Trust Account” or “IOLTA”.

Pursuant to F.S. 57.082 - Determination of civil indigent status. If you qualify for civil indigence, the filing, and summons fees are waived; other cost and fees may not be waived. If you are determined not to be indigent, fees are due at the time of filing.

Two separate filing fees are required as follows:
Clerk of the Circuit Court Filing Fee $100.00
* Made payable to the "Broward County Clerk of Courts".
4th District court of Appeals Filing Fee. Must be filed with the 4th District. $300.00
* Made payable to the "4th District court of Appeals".

Appeals Fees for Traffic Infraction Cases

Clerk of the Circuit Court Filing Fee $281.00
* Made payable to the "Broward County Clerk of Courts".

Contact Information

  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, West Building
    (Appeals)

  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location

  • 4th Floor, Room: 04140

  •  954-831-5751

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays