An appeal from a trial court's decision (appeals from a decision of an agency are discussed separately) generally has six stages:

1. Giving notice to the court and the other parties that you intend to appeal, by filing and serving a notice of appeal.

2. Preparation of the record by the trial court including transcription of the testimony, if any.

3. Entering the appeal at the appellate court.

4. Briefing and preparation of the record appendix.

5. Oral argument or submission to a panel for consideration.

6. Decision by the appellate court.