The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) is a procedure and set of regulations that were created by the Supreme Court. Under the advisement of an advisory committee, these rules were created to help courts outline what is necessary and what cannot be considered when it comes to the filing of an appellate petition.
The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure is a significant and extensive document outlining all considerations that have to be made when an appeal is desired. Some of the most basic things outlined are who is allowed to file for an appeal, whether or not individuals are allowed to file together, and if there is a suspension of the rules for any particular reason, what this means.
Furthermore the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure also outline what a court cannot do regarding an appellate filing. For one, if a defendant files an appellate petition and does so within the proper time, but does not show further inquiries or substantial interest in the case, this cannot be taken into consideration. Instead, the only important aspect is that the paperwork was filed and personal matters should not be accounted for.
However, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure does outline what are the necessary portions of filing a petition, including that it must be filed on legal documents, and how the transcripts must be paid for. All of the rules of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure were put in place in order to ensure that individuals have the right to file for an appeal if they are in compliance with the law, and that the judicial system has the right to grant them an appeal hearing if the judicial board is also working in compliance with the rules.