ap·​pel·​late | \ ə-ˈpe-lət How to pronounce appellate (audio) \

Definition of appellate

: of, relating to, or recognizing appeals specifically : having the power to review the judgment of another tribunal an appellate court

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Trump later issued a new permit, and the appellate judges agreed with Justice Department attorneys who say that nullifies the legal challenge involving environmental impacts. Washington Post, "Court lifts injunction blocking Keystone XL oil pipeline," 7 June 2019 In the motion filed by Dranginis, a former appellate court judge now with the Pullman & Comley law firm in Hartford, Gloria Farber is seeking temporary custody of the children, who range in age from 8 to 13 years old. Dave Altimari,, "Police return to Hartford trash facility to search for clues in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. Judge takes no action on custody of her five children," 5 June 2019 And former state appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien is in court doggedly pushing for a special prosecutor to take over. Eric Zorn,, "Thanks to Kim Foxx, the Jussie Smollett story will not die," 3 June 2019 Workers on New York farms have the right to form unions, an appellate court in Albany ruled Thursday, in a blow to farm owners who fear strikes could cripple their operations. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Court Rules Farmworkers Can Unionize," 23 May 2019 City spokesman Dan Williams said Cleveland is disappointed with the appellate court’s decision and is evaluating its options. Mark Gillispie, The Seattle Times, "Appeals court says exonerated men’s claims should be heard," 29 Mar. 2019 Then last Friday, when appellate arguments were held, the courthouse sealed off the whole floor the courtroom was on, so reporters couldn’t see which lawyers would enter. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 But a Wisconsin appellate decision may end up leading to a new alliance. Jack Greiner,, " case: Communications Decency Act doesn't protect online gun seller," 9 May 2018 One of the key members of Mueller’s team, Michael Dreeben, specializes in looking down the road at potential legal pitfalls, and how cases might appear not just at initial trials but in later appellate courts. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Robert Mueller Likely Knows How This All Ends," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of appellate

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appellate

Latin appellatus, past participle of appellare to appeal to

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English Language Learners Definition of appellate

law : having the power to review and change the decisions of a lower court


ap·​pel·​late | \ ə-ˈpe-lət How to pronounce appellate (audio) \

Legal Definition of appellate

: of or relating to appeals or the power to hear appeals the appellate process an appellate court

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