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What is an appeal?



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In its broadest sense an "appeal" is a formal request that a "higher" body -- typically a higher court -- review the action, procedure, or decision of a lower court, administrative agency, or other body. Please note that we (and the media) will be using the term "appeals" colloquially to include several proceedings such as a "Petition for Certiorari" that have other formal legal names. An appeal normally may be taken by the party who loses or did not get all the relief he, she or it sought. If both parties are dissatisfied, each may appeal part of the decision.