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Seeking Appeal

Seeking an Appeal?

The Civil Appeals Clinic is limited to low-income persons who qualify for services and is only available in civil cases, not in criminal cases.

Legal Help with an Appeal

If you don’t agree with the court’s decision for your case, or think it was unfair, you may have the right apply for an “appeal”. An appeal means you are asking a higher court for a reversal of the court decision. The Civil Appeals Clinic may be able to help you. At the Clinic, free attorneys can explain if you should appeal, how to appeal, help file court documents, and answer any questions. If needed, you may be referred for further assistance.

What to Bring:

  • the judgment or decision you received after your court hearing;
  • any documents about that judgment/decision;
  • the complaint and answer filed in your case;
  • any papers you have filed to appeal your case;
  • any other court papers about the issue you would like to appeal; and
  • any other documents that could be helpful for your specific case, such as emails, doctor’s notes, photos, etc.

If you do not have copies of these papers, you can get them at the Clerk’s Office of the Trial Court involved in your case.  If you cannot get these papers before going to the Clinic, a volunteer may be able to help you get them.


Please be aware that there are deadlines for filing an appeal, which vary depending on the type of case. You can learn more about these deadlines and find more information about appeals at the Appeals Court Help Center.


Appeals Court Clerk’s Office 
First Floor 
John Adams Court House 
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1200 
Boston, Massachusetts 02108


Wednesdays, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM