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A person who, dissatisfied with the judgment rendered in a lawsuit decided in a lower court or the findings from a proceeding before an Administrative Agency, asks a superior court to review the decision.
An appellant, sometimes called the petitioner, must demonstrate sufficient grounds for appeal, which are usually specified by statute, in order to challenge the judgment or findings.
Whether a party was a plaintiff or defendant in the lower court has no bearing on his or her status as an appellant.
n. the party who appeals a trial court decision he/she/it has lost. (See: appeal)
appellantnoun aggrieved party, appealer, contender, delator, litigant, objector, party, party to a suit, petitioner, suitor
Associated concepts: appellee
See also: claimant, contender, contestant, litigant, party, respondent, suitor
APPELLANT, practice. He who makes an appeal from one jurisdiction to another.