What is an Appeal?

After a court has heard and ruled on your case, you may believe that it has made an error in its decision and that you are entitled to a different award, order or ruling. An appeal is a request to have a court of a higher jurisdiction reconsider, and potentially reverse or change, the decision of the lower trial court which originally heard your case. For the Court of Appeals to hear your case, you or legal counsel must file a Notice of Appeal with the court citing legal reasons why reversing or altering the original judgment is appropriate. There are rigid time limits within which this must be done. Appellate cases are typically very legally complex and include deeper analyses of the facts and law. If you wish to file an appeal, it would be extremely beneficial to consult experienced attorney who is well-versed in appellate matters.