court of appeals

noun phrase

often capitalized C&A
: a court hearing appeals from the decisions of lower courts

called also court of appeal

Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of court of appeals was in 1768

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Cite this Entry

“Court of appeals.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court%20of%20appeals. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

court of appeals

often capitalized C&A
: a court hearing appeals from the decisions of lower courts: as
a
: an intermediate court of the U.S. federal judicial system
b
: a state appellate court

called also court of appeal

Note: Not all of the states have intermediate-level courts but of those that do, many are called the Court of Appeals or, in California and Louisiana, the Court of Appeal. In Hawaii, such a court is called the Intermediate Court of Appeals. In some states, appeals are divided between a court of criminal appeals and a court of civil appeals. In the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York the court of last resort is called the Court of Appeals, and the intermediate court in Maryland is called the Court of Special Appeals. In West Virginia the court of last resort is called the Supreme Court of Appeals. In England the Court of Appeal is a division of the Supreme Court of Judicature.

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