Forget everything you just went through in the superior court!
Isn’t that a shocking statement? You just spent a ton of money, went through a lot of aggravation, and spent a lot of your personal time in your case.
Now I am supposed to forget it? YES!
Courts of Appeal only look at what was before the Trial Court. This consists of (1) the written documents the trial attorneys asked the Judge to read and (2) the reporter’s transcript containing what the parties discussed with the Judge and what the parties and witnesses said under oath in testimony. Courts of Appeal (almost) never look at any new witness testimony, new documents nor anything else. This is because the Court of Appeal wants to know if the Trial Judge made a mistake; and a Trial Judge can only make a mistake if he/she failed to properly consider something the attorneys asked him/her to consider.