appellant | Definition


In the legal system, an appellant is a person or party who brings an appeal, which is a request for a higher court to review the decision of a lower court.

The appellant is the party seeking to have the lower court’s decision reversed or modified. An appellant may be either the plaintiff or the defendant in the original case, depending on which party is dissatisfied with the outcome and seeks to have it overturned. In order to bring an appeal, the appellant must file a notice of appeal with the court, outlining the grounds for the appeal and the relief sought. The appeal process is governed by rules of procedure and may involve the submission of written briefs, oral arguments, and other evidence to the higher court. If the higher court agrees with the appellant, it may reverse or modify the lower court’s decision, or it may remand the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.

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