Court Of Appeals

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The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the state and is also called the Supreme Court in some states and at the federal level. It generally has the discretion to decide which cases to hear. However, the Court of Appeals is mandated by law to hear death penalty cases, legislative redistricting cases and certifications of questions of law.

In a civil case, either side may appeal the verdict in the case. If a criminal is found guilty they have the right to file an appeal, but the government may not appeal the verdict if the defendant is found not guilty. The parties in a criminal case, however, can both appeal the sentencing which was given after a guilty verdict.

To win an appeal the appellant or litigant must be able to prove the trial court made legal errors which affected their case. The Appeals Court is only reviewing evidence and facts on record which were established during the trial, they do not hear witnesses or review more evidence.




What is the dictionary definition of Court Of Appeals?

Dictionary Definition


n. any court (state or federal) which hears appeals from judgments and rulings of trial courts or lower appeals courts.


Full Definition of Court Of Appeals


The Court of Appeal or England and Wales is an Appellate Court, constituting the second most senior court in the English legal system. Only the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom sits above it. Established by the Judicature Act 1873, the Court of Appeal today has a Civil Division, for hearing appeals from the High Court of Justice, County Courts, and several tribunals; and a Criminal Division for hearing appeals from the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts. Its staff of 37 Lords Justices of Appeal hear both civil appeals and criminal appeals, led by the Master of the Rolls and the Lord Chief Justice respectively. Permission to appeal is required, either from the lower court or the Court of Appeal itself. Decisions may be additionally appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Civil Division deals with all non-criminal cases and has been part of the Court since its founding in 1873. It is bound by the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the House of Lords. The Civil Division is also bound by its own earlier decisions, with four exceptions: (i) where a previous decision was made on the basis of faulty or mistaken knowledge of the law; (ii) where two previous decisions are in direct conflict with each other; (iii) where there is a later, conflicting Supreme Court or House of Lords decision; and (iv) where a law was assumed to exist in a previous case but did not. The first three exceptions were established in Young v Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd (1946); the fourth was established in R (on the application of Kadhim) v Brent London Borough Housing Benefit Review Board (2001).

The Criminal Division hears all appeals in criminal cases, from both the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Courts, and was established in 1966 with the merger of the Court of Criminal Appeal into the Court of Appeal. Although it is bound by the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the House of Lords, the Criminal Division is somewhat more flexible than the Civil Division in relation to its own (earlier) decisions, due to the heightened stakes in a case where a possible penalty is a prison sentence.

See also Court system of England, Lord Justice of Appeal.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Court Of Appeals are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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