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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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 Only two trial attorneys from Mueller's office, Andrew Weissmann and Greg Andres, and two appellate lawyers have been in court prosecuting Manafort's Virginia case, while Mueller's team has 17 total lawyers on staff. Dana Bash, CNN, "Giuliani says Trump's new legal team has not held lengthy prep for Mueller interview," 10 May 2018 Spitalnick added on Twitter that Barbara Underwood, now the state’s top appellate lawyer, will fill in for Schneiderman as acting attorney general. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Eric Schneiderman Is Gone, But the New York’s Legal #Resistance to Trump Will Go On," 8 May 2018 Skakel’s appellate lawyer, Hubert Santos, had asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its 2016 ruling, resulting in Friday’s decision. Time, "New Murder Trial Ordered for Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel," 4 May 2018 The prosecution team in recent weeks added a new assistant U.S. attorney, Elizabeth White, the chief appellate lawyer in the Nevada U.S. attorney's office. Maxine Bernstein,, "Cliven Bundy standoff case thrown out in another stunning blow to government," 8 Jan. 2018 Judiciary Appointments Trump is putting his mark on the federal appellate courts more quickly than Obama was able to do in his first months. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 The rallies, also held in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, came a week after an appellate court refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight initiated by Orlando attorney John Morgan makes its way through the courts. Steven Lemongello,, "Medical marijuana protesters call for Gov. Rick Scott to allow smokable pot," 11 July 2018 Donnelly is one of three Democrats who voted to confirm Barrett to the appellate court, and is one of three Democrats who voted to confirm President Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Barrett passed over for high court, but Donnelly still faces tough choice," 9 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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