“Aggrieved Party,” Appeals

Under Section 512.020, RSMo, a “party to any suit aggrieved by any judgment of any trial court in any civil action” may appeal. There are specific rules addressing what constitutes a final, appealable judgment, as well as specific rules address who is “aggrieved.”

As to who is considered “aggrieved” for purposes of an appeal, a party seeking appeal is aggrieved when the “judgment operates prejudically and directly on his personal or property rights or interests and such effect is immediately and not merely a possible remote consequence.” Ameristar Jet Charter, Inc. v. Dodson Intern. Parts, Inc., 155 S.W.3d 50, 57 (Mo. 2005).

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