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Florida family law procedure: clerk can't require filing fee as a prerequisite to accepting a notice of appeal

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Family Law Procedure

It is well-established that an appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date an order is entered, or the appellate court has no jurisdiction to consider an appeal. But does this mean the accompanying filing fee must also be paid before the clerk must accept the notice of appeal for filing? This issue arose in the case Burns v. Burns, 4D19-0124 (Fla. 4th DCA June 5, 2019) in which the former husband attempted to file his notice of appeal on the 30th day, but it was not docketed until the next day, calling into question the viability of his appeal.