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Definition of Appeal

An appeal allows the defendant to bring their case to a higher court with the goal of getting reversal of the conviction from the lower court. The appeal does not allow new evidence to be presented, but only allows the court to examine the trial record to determine if the legal proceeding was properly conducted.

Civil court decisions are harder to appeal than criminal convictions. Generally, you have 30 days from the date on which the verdict was entered to appeal a civil court decision (exceptions exist if you are suing the U.S. Federal Government).Talk to a personal injury lawyer if you are considering filing an appeal in a civil case. They will have the knowledge to draft the appropriate legal appeals documents. Civil appeals are generally not successful unless you can prove the judge made an error which adversely affected their legal decision.

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