Is there another way to have your case heard again ifyou do not have the money to file an appeal in a civil case?

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Is there another way to have your case heard again ifyou do not have the money to file an appeal in a civil case?

My former landlord had file a civil suit against me and my wife. I was a work when the case was being heard and my wife went to go and try and get the court date changed because I was not at home. The judge would not grant another court date for us and found in the favor of the plaintiff. I do not have the money right now to file an appeal and by the time I get the money it will be outside of the 30 days I have to file and appeal. I wanted to know if I can just sue her instead in order for us to go back to court?

Asked on October 25, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Mississippi

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If the judge heard the merits of your case involving a dispute with your former landlord where the requested continuance of the hearing date was denied, your only option to contest the adverse decision against you and your wife would be to file an appeal of the decision within the statutory period under your state's laws.

If you do not have the money to file the appeal that you desire, possibly you can borrow the filing fee for the appeal from a friend? For you to sue your former landlord to get another hearing date involving the dispute would in the end be barred because if you had a dispute with your landlord, it should have been raised in a cross complaint in response to the complaint aginst you and your wife.


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