What is an Appeal?

Posted on 21 January, 2015 at 11:35

After a loss in the trial court, whether the case is decided on a motion or after a trial, the losing party can seek review of the decision to an appellate court.   This is called an appeal.  An appeal is a legal proceeding where an attorney is asking a higher court to review the decision of a lower court.   This is because it is the function of appellate courts to act as an internal system of review of lower court decisions. Just as any person can make a mistake, so can a court.  The American judicial system takes this into account and understands that a judge can make a mistake and it is the job to the appellate courts to review the decisions of lower courts to ensure that no egregious mistakes were made by the lower court.

It is important to understand that this review by the appellate court is not automatic.  It is a right that must be exercised by the parties to the lawsuit.   This is where an appellate attorney’s services are invaluable as they know the proper procedures for triggering an appeal and properly perfecting the appeal so that it is heard by the appellate court. 


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