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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McCloskey told me that in the Texas system, in which district attorneys, trial judges, and appellate judges are all elected, no one wants to be seen as soft on crime. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, "Can You Prove Your Innocence Without DNA?," 6 Mar. 2018 President Trump must face a defamation lawsuit brought by a former reality-show contestant, a New York appellate court ruled Thursday, striking down his argument that a sitting president should be shielded from such claims. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Defamation Case Against Trump Cleared to Move Forward, Court Rules," 14 Mar. 2019 This decision was reversed on appeal, and the appellate court’s ruling was affirmed by the Supreme Court. Andrew Coan, WSJ, "Why Robert Mueller’s Predecessors Usually Didn’t Prevail," 25 Jan. 2019 The corporation appealed again on October 10, and this time, the DC appellate court agreed to hear it. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 Five appellate courts including the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits have recognized a private right of action while the Eighth has not. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Behind the Supreme Court’s Dodge," 12 Dec. 2018 After an appellate court ruling found the colleges couldn't charge in-state tuition to DACA recipients, the community colleges appealed to the state's high court. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "DACA recipients head to the Arizona Supreme Court in tuition battle," 2 Apr. 2018 The other Democratic targets here are Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the conservative GOP majorities in Congress that have cut taxes, eased crushing regulations and confirmed a record number of appellate judges. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Never Conservatives," 3 Oct. 2018 Klayman asked the appeals court to re-hear the case with all of the District of Columbia appellate judges, in what’s known as an en banc appeal. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued," 9 Sep. 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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