The court requires the appellant to tell the other parties in the case about the appeal. The court calls this serving notice.
Who to serve. If there is more than one other party in the case, each party must be served with a copy of the notice of appeal.
If the other party has a lawyer, then the notice of appeal is served to the lawyer. If the other party does not have a lawyer, then the notice of appeal is served to the other party.
How to serve. There are three ways to serve notice: by mail, in person, or electronically. Anyone can be served by mail or in person, but a recipient must agree to be served electronically.
The court has rules about who can serve notice. The appellant may serve notice electronically (e-file). But if the notice of appeal is mailed or personally delivered, it must be done by a person who is over 18 and not a party to the case.
Proof of service. The appellant must give the court proof that the other parties were served with the notice of the appeal. Appellants are encouraged to use court form APP-009 (serve by mail or in person) or APP-009E (serve electronically) for proof of service. This form tells the court who served notice, who was served with notice, how notice was served, and the date notice was served.
The appellant must give the court one proof of service form for each notice of appeal that is delivered. All sections of the form must be completed and signed by the person who serves notice.
To save time and money, some appellants choose to have the notice of appeal form and the form for the next step in the process – notice designating the record – served to the other parties at the same time, but that is not required.
Get a blank proof of service form APP-009 (mail or in person)
Get a blank proof of service form APP-009e (electronic)
Get instructions for the proof of service form
Get detailed proof of service information from the California Courts