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Appeal Instructions

Important Notice

Clerks can only provide limited assistance. Therefore, you may wish to speak with an attorney.

The procedures for perfecting an appeal from the Lakewood Municipal Court are provided for in the Rules for Appeal of Decisions of Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (RALJ) http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/ .

Those rules generally provide that:

Criminal Appeal

Within thirty days of the final decision of the Lakewood Municipal Court, the defendant/appellant must file a Notice of Appeal with the Lakewood Municipal Court. The defendant/appellant must immediately serve a copy of the notice on all other parties. The Clerk of Lakewood Municipal Court shall immediately, upon the filing of a notice of appeal, file a copy of the notice with the Pierce County Superior Court.

If the defendant/appellant believes that he or she cannot afford an attorney and wants one appointed, the defendant/appellant must make the request to the Lakewood Municipal Court Clerk and arrange to be screened.

Within fourteen days of the filing of the notice of appeal, the party seeking review must designate in writing to the Lakewood Municipal Court those parts of the record the appellant wants to the Lakewood Municipal Court to transmit to the Pierce County Superior Court.

Within fourteen days after the designation is filed, the party seeking review, will receive notice from the Lakewood Municipal Court that the record is ready to be transmitted to the Pierce County Superior Court. Unless the court determines otherwise, within ten days the appellant must pay the Lakewood Municipal Court a $40 fee for preparation and electronic recording.

Non-Criminal Appeal

Within thirty days of the final decision of the Lakewood Municipal Court, the defendant/appellant must file a notice of appeal with the Lakewood Municipal Court. The clerk of the Lakewood Municipal Court shall immediately, upon the filing of a notice of appeal and payment of the filing fee ($230), file a copy of the notice with the Pierce County Superior Court. A party filing a notice of appeal shall, within the same thirty days, serve a copy of the notice of appeal on all other parties or their lawyers and file an acknowledgment or affidavit of service in the Lakewood Municipal Court.

Within fourteen days of the filing of the notice of appeal, the party seeking review must designate in writing to the Lakewood Municipal Court those parts of the record the party wants the Lakewood Municipal Court to transmit to the Pierce County Superior Court.

Within fourteen days after the designation is filed, the party designating will receive notice from the Lakewood Municipal Court that the record is ready to be transmitted to the Pierce County Superior Court. Within ten days each party must pay the Lakewood Municipal Court a $40 fee for the preparation and electronic recording.


The decision under appeal will be enforced unless a STAY of sentence has been granted under RALJ 4.3

A notice of appeal form may be obtained from the Clerk of the Lakewood Municipal Court. The notice must be completely filled out by the defendant/appellant and shall include a statement of the claimed errors made by the court. A copy of the decision should be attached to the notice of appeal.

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