Appellate Court

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Definition: Appellate Court

The court system in most countries is divided into at the least 3 levels – the lowermost is the trial court which hears cases, judges based on evidence and testimonies to gauge the facts of the case; an appellate court which comes between the trial court and the apex court – the supreme court.

A court that is empowered to hear an appeal of a lower tribunal is called an appellate court (also, appeals court) Despite the similarities across countries as far as the judicial system is concerned, the authority of an appellate court to review decisions of lower courts vary widely from one jurisdiction to another.


This type of court system is present in United States of America and also New Zealand. Some times they are also referred to as appeals court, court of appeals or appeal court.

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