Georgia Appeals Law Guide / Appellate Law Treatise

In the Trial Court

This section discusses trial court matters that affect appeals. Generally, a party must have given the trial court an opportunity to correct any error before asserting the error on appeal; this is called “preservation of error.” A final judgment is a trial court order resolving all issues in the case, from which the law generally allows direct appeal. Similarly, immediate appeal is available from a trial court’s collateral orders under particular circumstances. A notice of appeal is a document filed with the trial court that starts that appeal process.