What is an appeal?

Cases start in trial court; that is where the trial is conducted and a verdict is reached either by the judge or by a jury. An appeal is something that only happens after there has been a trial. If one side or the other thinks that the trial judge made a legal error in conducting the trial, they may seek the review of a higher court. The higher court will read a legal brief of the issues and hear oral arguments presented by the attorneys.

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