Appellate Court

What Is An Appellate Court?

An Appellate Court is a court tasked specifically with reviewing judges’ decisions. As may be logically deduced, this is in contrast to “trial courts,” which hear only “new” cases.

How Many Appellate Courts Are There?

Literally speaking, there are a lot of appellate courts. Structurally, however, there are only two levels of appellate courts. In Connecticut, these two levels are called the Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court. At the Federal level, these courts are called the Circuit Court and the United States Supreme Court.

What Is The Connecticut Appellate Structure?

In Connecticut, anyone who decides to challenge the decision of a trial court will file an appeal with the Connecticut Appellate Court. You can find out more about the Connecticut Appellate Court at its website here. Anyone who wants to challenge the decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court will file an appeal with the Connecticut Supreme Court. The Connecticut Supreme Court does not hear every appeal, however, so those who disagree with the Appellate Court must apply to be heard. You can find out more about the Connecticut Supreme Court at its website here. Certain issues are appealable beyond the Connecticut Supreme Court to the United States Supreme Court.

What Is The Federal Appellate Structure?

Persons who are dissatisfied with the decisions of a Federal Trial Court (called the “District Court”) may file an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals, or “Circuit Court.” Each Circuit Court presides over several state’s District Courts. For example, Connecticut is a member of the Second Circuit, which also includes New York and Vermont. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is located physically in New York. You can find out more about it on its website here. Beyond the Circuit Court is the United States Supreme Court.

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