California Court of Appeal Reminds Appellants to Provide a Complete Trial Court Record and Adequately Brief All Grounds for Appeal

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This article discusses the California Court of Appeal’s decision in People v. Roscoe, Case No. C055801 (3d Dist., December 26, 2008), which underscores two basic but often-violated principles of appellate practice. First, an appellant who claims there is insufficient evidence to support a Superior Court judgment or order must provide the Court of Appeal with a complete record of the relevant Superior Court proceedings, including the reporter's transcript of any trial or evidentiary hearing. Second, all grounds for challenging the judgment or order must be raised in the appellant’s opening brief or are likely to be deemed waived.

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