Definition - What does Appellant mean?

An appellant is a person that takes an appeal case to a higher court in order to seek a reversal of judgment of a case ruling that has been ruled against them. Any party that is involved in a court case can appeal the decision of the court if they do not agree with it. This means that it would be reviewed by a higher court. There is no legal requirement for the higher court to hear the appeal; the appeals court will judge the merit of the capase and determine whether cause exists to review the decision of the lower court.

Justipedia explains Appellant

If an appelllant is successful in taking an appeals case to a higher court and then loses the case they will be responsible for the other sides court costs and it could be prohibitively expensive to pay for the defense required for such a review.

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