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Do appellate courts have original jurisdiction?

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April 25, 2010 11:19PM

No, appellate courts have appellate (appeals) jurisdiction, which means they review the rulings of the trial courts, which are the courts of original jurisdiction.

The US Supreme Court presents an exception to this rule because it hears most cases under appellate jurisdiction, but also has original jurisdiction over a limited class of cases, such as disputes between the states.