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What is an Appeal?

An appeal is a request made to a higher court asking that a final judgment or other legal ruling of a lower court be reversed. Appeals are argued through lengthy legal briefs submitted to the appellate court, and only a very small percentage of appellate cases are set for oral argument. In the typical appeal, the entire case will be handled through written arguments, with none of the parties or their lawyers personally appearing before the appellate court. When oral argument is scheduled on a case, it is usually because the case involves the death penalty or revolves around an unusual legal issue. The parties are not allowed to submit new evidence to the appellate court, and must rely on the facts contained in the court record.

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