Appellate Law

The Honorable Marla Graff Decker *

In every attorney’s career, there is likely to be a time when that attorney believes that a judge or jury erred in a decision that negatively impacts his or her client. Virginia has a specific set of laws and rules that guide attorneys through the appellate process and provide for appropriate review of these legal challenges.

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* Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia. J.D., 1983, University of Richmond School of Law; B.S., 1980, Gettysburg College. Prior to the author’s appointment to the Court of Appeals of Virginia, she served as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Criminal Litigation Section. Judge Decker is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Richmond School of Law.