The appellate court probably knows the relevant law but not the facts of your case, so it will look to your appellant’s brief to fill this void. If you don’t provide an adequate statement of the case in your brief, the court will have to look to the respondent’s brief. That’s major incentive to making your statement of the case as clear and effective as possible.
A notice of appeal is “sufficient” if it “identifies the particular judgment or order being appealed” and is signed. Cal Rules of Ct 8.100. But what happens when a notice of appeal neglects to name a party that intended to appeal?
One can easily imagine the harried lawyer who represents eight parties filing a notice of appeal that inadvertently names only seven of them, when the intent was for all eight to appeal. California’s rules require that a “notice of appeal must be liberally construed” (Cal Rules of Ct 8.100(a)(2)), but does that liberality extend to allowing an appeal by a party not named in the notice of appeal?