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An appellate court, commonly called an appeals court, court of appeals, appeal court, court of second instance or second instance court, is any court of law that is empowered to hear an appeal of a trial court or other lower tribunal. In most jurisdictions, the court system is divided into at least three levels: the trial court, which initially hears cases and reviews evidence and testimony to determine the facts of the case; at least one intermediate appellate court; and a supreme court which primarily reviews the decisions of the intermediate courts. A jurisdiction's supreme court is that jurisdiction's highest appellate court. Appellate courts nationwide can operate under varying rules.
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Thai court increases prison time for officials in Rohingya trafficking caseA Thai court of appeal has increased prison time for a former army general and more than fifty others convicted in the country's largest human trafficking trial.
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Disgraced Cardinal George Pell loses appeal against abuse convictionCardinal George Pell's appeal has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal and he will remain in prison.
George Pell appeal decision due August 21Victoria's Court of Appeal will hand down its decision on Cardinal George Pell's appeal over his child sex abuse conviction on Wednesday, August 21.
Blair Cottrell fails to get racial vilification conviction heard by supreme courtThe Victorian County Court, not the higher Court of Appeal, will handle far-right activist Blair Cottrell's battle against his racial vilification conviction.
Swedish Appeals Court overturns bombing plot convictionA Swedish appeals court on Wednesday overturned a seven-year sentence handed down to an Uzbek man by a lower court for plotting to carry out a bombing in the name of Islamic State.
New Zealand court orders government to reconsider first China extradition decisionNew Zealand's Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the government to reassess its decision to extradite a man to China to face murder charges due to human rights risks.
'Juries almost always get it right': Pell waits on Court of Appeal decisionAustralia's highest-ranking Catholic, convicted paedophile George Pell, will have to wait to see if the Court of Appeal accepts his bid for freedom.
Pell waits on Court of Appeal decisionAustralia's highest-ranking Catholic, convicted pedophile George Pell, will have to wait to see if the Court of Appeal accepts his bid for freedom.
Pell's lawyers urge Court of Appeal to consider alibi and quash convictionsGeorge Pell's practice of greeting parishioners after Sunday mass is the alibi his lawyers have used to urge Victoria's Court of Appeal to find a jury should have reached a reasonable doubt and..
'Unreasonable verdict': Court of Appeal to hear Pell case on WednesdayGeorge Pell's lawyers will urge the Court of Appeal that a jury reached an unreasonable verdict last year in finding the cardinal guilty of child sex crimes.