Timeliness of Filing of Notice of Appeal


Ex parte G.L.C., [Ms. 1170813, Oct. 26, 2018] __ So. 3d __ (Ala. 2018). This unanimous decision by Justice Bryan reverses the Court of Civil Appeals’ dismissal of the mother’s appeal of a judgment of the Baldwin Juvenile Court terminating her parental rights.

Noting that the timely filing of a notice of appeal remains jurisdictional, Ms. *19, the Court nonetheless reversed dismissal of the appeal. The Court held “the mother ... was prevented from timely filing her Notice of Appeal based on erroneous information given to her by someone in the circuit clerk’s office ... [and consequently] that equity requires that we deem the mother’s notice of appeal timely filed.” Ibid.

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