What is an Appeal?

An appeal is a request to a higher court requesting a review of a decision made by a lower court. The higher court has the authority to sustain, reverse or modify the decision or judgment rendered in the lower court. Parties cannot introduce new evidence, witnesses or testimony, but are limited to what happened in the lower court. The reviewing court or higher court can only determine if the lower court erred in rendering its decision.

Any party to the action requesting the higher court to review a decision made by a lower court may file an appeal.

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