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Appellate Glossary

Appellant

The party who appeals the decision of a court is the appellant.

Appellee

The person who agrees with the trial outcome is the “appellee.”

Appellate Court

An appellate court is the higher court that reviews the decision of a lower court, when the losing party files an appeal.

Habeas Corpus

“Habeas corpus” means “let go of the body.”  Habeas corpus writs are filed to have a prisoner brought before a judge or into court.

Writ of Supersedeas

A writ of supersedeas is filed by an appeals court to stop a lower court from enforcing its judgment, pending the review and final decision of the appeals court (or until further notice.)  The term “writ of supersedeas” actually means “you shall desist” in Latin. 

Writ

A writ is a written order.
 

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