Post-Trial Motions Can Be Key To California Appeals

Law360, New York (December 7, 2016, 12:15 PM EST) -- After an adverse judgment in California state court, litigants often want to know if they have to bring post-trial motions in the trial court before pursuing an appeal. While post-trial motions may be a prerequisite to appeal in some cases, in most cases post-trial motions are not required and sometimes may not even be a good idea.

The general rule in California is that post-trial motions are not required in order to raise errors of law on appeal. “[T]he appellant’s right to appeal [is] not lost...
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