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Definition of Appellate Court

The appellate court is the court which has legal jurisdiction to hear cases on appeal from a lower court. They do not try cases but rather review questions of law or whether the trial judge or decision-maker correctly determined the facts of the case or whether they made a procedural error. The appellate courts are restricted to the evidence and exhibits presented at the trial court level.

Consider, it does not matter whether a claimant is unhappy with a decision or whether minor mistakes were made in a case; the issue will be whether the judge made a legal error. In some civil cases if you lose an appeal you may be forced to pay the costs of the opposing counsel. Even if you decide to hire a personal injury lawyer to appeal a civil decision it?s recommended that you review the appellate procedures, court rules, case law, and statutes that govern your personal injury case before deciding whether or not to appeal a decision.

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