The Notice of Appeal
You have 30 days in which to file a Notice of Appeal. Unless you have your Opening Brief prepared before you even go to trial, I recommend using part of your 30 days to research the arguments you plan to use.
A Notice of Appeal is a simple form stating that you wish to appeal the decision made by the judge in your case. You can usually get a copy of the form from the clerk at the traffic window.
In case you do not remember the judge's (or commissioner's) name, or which court room you were in, you can ask the clerk to look it up in the docket. Remember to say please; the clerk is not the one who made the bad decision against you.
If possible, it is a good idea to have a second copy of the Notice time stamped by the court and to save this copy in your files.
Having filed the Notice, you have begun the appeals process. The next step is the Proposed Statement.