Chapter Topics. Nature of the Appellate Process The Business of the Appellate Courts Caseloads and Expedited Processing Techniques Post-Conviction Remedies. Chapter Topics. Decision Making on Appellate Courts Explaining Decision Making on Appellate Courts Today State Supreme Courts
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Nature of the Appellate Process
The Business of the Appellate Courts
Caseloads and ExpeditedProcessing Techniques
Decision Making on Appellate Courts
Explaining Decision Making on Appellate Courts Today
State Supreme Courts
U.S. Courts of Appeals
4) Oral Argument – the lawyers for both parties are given an opportunity to argue their case before the judges. Lawyers present their case and judges ask questions.
5) Writing the Opinion – after the case has been decided the judges will decide the case, writing an opinion which summarizes the facts an explains the legal issues and the basis of the decision. Judges who disagree may write a dissenting opinion – explaining why they disagree with their fellow judges.
6) Disposing of the case – the appellate court may affirm (uphold) the lower court judgment, modify (change part of the ruling, or reverse it (set aside). Sometimes they will remand the case (send it back to the lower court with instructions).