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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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling in 2016 and then declined to review the case again with the entire panel of appellate court judges in December 2017. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "California is about to ban discrimination against black workers with natural hairstyles," 3 July 2019 Still, appellate judges made clear that sufficient evidence existed to prove the men had acted corruptly. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Why the ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal Could Backfire on Prosecutors," 3 July 2019 Woodstock 50 has suffered its third legal defeat in two months, with a panel of New York appellate judges denying an appeal by festival organizers seeking to force the restoration of $18.5 million in festival funds. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Woodstock 50 Loses Appeal to Recover $18.5M From Japanese Financier," 21 June 2019 Symons’ conduct– in separate occasions in separate capacities — have been questioned and overruled by appellate courts in California. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz attorneys confirm Superior Court judge’s misconduct," 24 June 2019 On Friday, Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. ruled that the Bevin administration’s emergency motion seeking an order from state appellate courts blocking immediate release of the controversial financial analysis was procedurally improper. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Supreme Court rules against Matt Bevin in pension open records case," 5 June 2019 Behold the High Court’s unanimous stay on Friday of two appellate-court decisions that jumped an imminent Supreme Court ruling on partisan gerrymanders by striking down Congressional maps in Michigan and Ohio. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Judicial Gerrymander Rebuke," 25 May 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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