Appellate Courts Review Trials for Errors.
The purpose of a court of appeals is to review the decisions of a lower court. An appellate court is typically comprised of a multi-judge panel that carefully reviews the record of the proceedings for reversible error. Appellate courts promote clarity and consistency in the interpretation of laws by publishing opinions that outline relevant facts and explain how the governing legal principles should be applied to those facts. Appellate courts also protect the fundamental constitutional rights of all citizens.
Practicing Appellate Law is Complex.
The rules of appellate procedure can be extremely technical, and individual courts of appeal commonly have their own local rules that further complicate the proceedings. Trial attorneys unfamiliar with the appellate process often have difficulty complying with the proper procedures.
Preparing appellate briefs can also pose challenges. Effective briefs must be carefully crafted. An appellate attorney has to build a compelling argument, framing each issue to maximum advantage. Every word counts.
After the briefs are filed, appellate attorneys present oral argument before the panel of appellate judges. An attorney has to articulate well-reasoned, thoughtful answers to thorny legal questions. Arguments that might resonate with juries are often less convincing to sophisticated appellate judges.
Your Appeal Deserves Careful Review.
Our firm has the experience to represent you in your appeal, no matter how difficult the issue. We are selective in the cases we take. This gives us time to carefully study the record and construct the winning argument on appeal. Your case deserves nothing less.