appellate court

  

Definition

Higher court which hears the appeals against the lower courts' judgments. Appellate courts usually have a bench comprising of two or more judges, and their decisions set precedents which are collectively called judge made law or case law.

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  • My verdict was in, but I did not realize that I still had a chance at freedom through the appellate court.

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  • The appellate court issued a ruling on the matter and that was sufficient for our vice president's concerns to be alleviated.

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  • If you are charged with a crime but are innocent your last hope is the APPELLATE COURT and you must hope they don't convict.

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