The state attorney general's office filed a one-paragraph notice Thursday asking the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn last month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton of Sacramento.
Karlton ruled that the so-called "Victims' Bill of Rights" and another law that allows the governor to reverse approved paroles cannot be enforced.
Both were created through the initiative process.
Voters approved Proposition 9 in 2008, requiring longer periods of time between parole hearings.
The judge said governors have abused their power to block paroles, which voters gave them when they approved Proposition 89 in 1988.