ap·​pel·​late | \ ə-ˈpe-lət \

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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The October 24 ruling in G.A.Q.L. v. State of Florida before the 4th District appellate court runs against a previous ruling by a sister court in a case known as State of Florida v. Stahl. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode," 28 Oct. 2018 The appellate court had previously ruled against the plaintiffs in the case on their request for a preliminary injunction, but did not ever assess the First Amendment claims key to the case. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Judge strikes down 'highly paternalistic' California law banning handgun ads, slams state's 'distrust' of gun buyers," 12 Sep. 2018 The permissibility of such poetry confronted a federal appellate court in Purtell v. Mason. Randy Maniloff, WSJ, "But Your Honor, It Was Halloween!," 30 Oct. 2018 As recently as August 21, a state appellate court in Indiana ruled that forcing a defendant to provide a passcode was, in fact, testimonial. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode," 28 Oct. 2018 The appellate court ruling sends the lawsuits back to the lower court for further proceedings. Fox News, "30 lawsuits against Disney Resorts from autistic visitors move forward," 2 Oct. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh has served on the most important federal appellate court for 12 years. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 Even if Perry never has to argue in front of O’Neill, appellate judges might frown on any judicial complaint that is not substantive, Filler said. Graham Bowley, The Seattle Times, "Bill Cosby, appealing conviction, hires 12th firm and 20th lawyer," 22 Oct. 2018 Stallings’ appellate lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Travis Andersen,, "Appeals Court reinstates conviction of gang member in asthma manslaughter case," 11 July 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 \

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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