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How do I appeal?

In simple misdemeanor cases, which have “SM” in the case number, you may appeal by telling the magistrate at the time judgment is entered that you are appealing. Or you can deliver a written notice to the clerk of court not later than 10 days after the judgment is entered. For more information on appeals in criminal cases, see Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.73(1) by clicking on the link below, then scroll down to Chapter 2 – Rules of Criminal Procedure: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/courtRules/courtRulesListings.

In more serious criminal cases, which have “SR,” “AG,” “OW” or “FE” in the case number, you need to file a written notice of appeal with the clerk of court where the judgment was entered. For more information, see Iowa Rules of Appellate Procedure 6.101(1), 6.101(2), and 6.101(3) by
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clicking on the link below, then scroll down to Chapter 6 – Rules of Appellate Procedure:
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/courtRules/courtRulesListings.

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