Revised 2020
Prepared by the Office of Staff Attorneys
The Appellate Jurisdiction Outline is provided as a resource to assist attorneys in analyzing appellate jurisdiction in the Ninth Circuit. The outline synthesizes the statutes, cases and rules relevant to determining whether the court of appeals has jurisdiction over a given case. The following topics are covered:

  • Statutory Bases for Civil Appeals

  • Timeliness, Notices of Appeal

  • Scope of Appeal

  • Agency and Tax Court Appeals

  • Direct Criminal Appeals

  • Constitutional Limitations on Federal Jurisdiction

This research tool is only a starting point. You are encouraged to conduct independent research and verify that cited decisions are still good law.