Timeline - Notice of Appeal is Filed

!Warning!
Be careful of certain exceptions to the general 30 day rule. See Pa.R.A.P. 903(c).

!Warning!
Pay special attention to the new Children's Fast Track Rules, which require that you file a Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal with your notice of appeal from an order involving dependency, termination of parental rights, adoptions, custody or paternity. See Pa.R.A.P. 102, 904(f), 1925(a)(2).

!Warning!
If your appeal is not Children's Fast Track, did the trial court direct you to file a Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal? If so, you must timely comply with the trial court's order; failure to do so results in waiver. See Pa.R.A.P. 1925(b)(2) and 1925(b)(4); but see Pa. R.A.P 1925(c); Commonwealth v. Lord, 719 A.2d 306 (Pa. 1998); Commonwealth v. Castillo, 888 A.2d 775 (Pa. 2005). Please note that Rule 1925 was amended substantially, effective July 25, 2007.

!Warning!
You must file your Rule 1925(b) Statement in the trial court and you concurrently must serve it on the trial judge. Pa.R.A.P. 1925(b)(1); see also Forest Highlands Community Association v. Hammer, 879 A.2d 223 (Pa. Super. 2005).

!Warning!
When was the subject order entered on the docket? See Pa.R.A.P. 108 (regarding date of entry of orders). Remember that the Superior Court may not enlarge the time for filing a notice of appeal. Pa.R.A.P. 105(b).

!Warning!
Did you file your appeal to the proper court? See 42 Pa.C.S. 742 (Superior Court jurisdiction); compare 42 Pa.C.S. 762 (Commonwealth Court jurisdiction); 42 Pa.C.S. 722 (Supreme Court jurisdiction); see also Pa.R.A.P. 751 (transfer if filed in the wrong court). The right to object to appellate jurisdiction is waived unless made on or before the last date to lodge the record on appeal. Pa.R.A.P. 741(a).

!Warning!
Do you have standing to appeal? See Pa.R.A.P. 501 (any aggrieved party may appeal).

!Warning!
Did you serve the trial judge and all other necessary parties and persons? See Pa.R.A.P. 906.