What does it mean for a case to be appealed?
Every case heard in the Municipal Court may be appealed by the defendant to district court for a new bench trial or jury trial. The appeal must be filed within 14 days of Sentencing in Municipal Court. Once a case is appealed, the case starts over. The district court judge is not bound by the sentence ordered in Municipal Court. If the appeal is dismissed, the case is remanded back to the Municipal Court for imposition of the original sentence.
What do I do if I receive a subpoena for a District Court Appeal?
Contact your Victim/Witness Advocate. If you contact your Advocates closer to the court date, they will have a better idea if the case is going to be continued or not. Victims and witnesses will also receive a letter from the Prosecutor’s Office notifying them that the case has been appealed.