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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)


noun 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.

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The appellant failed to establish error because no transcript of the lower court's proceedings was available; (10) or,
sentence comparison argument at the CCA, an appellant bears the burden
The appellants appeared before the court together with their lawyers and the Indian consul-general.
In the wake of Hecht and Cover, the Court of Appeals granted affirmative relief to non-appellants in two other cases in which such was plainly necessary to the grant of full relief to an appellant.
Before the start of the inquiry the council and the appellant have to exchange the statements of all of their witnesses and at the inquiry the witnesses are cross-examined.
In the case, heard in the District Court in Wellington in September last year, Judge Broadmore considered two issues: whether the appellants could appeal under section 106 (1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act and if the appeal was lodged within the requisite time frame.
A couple of cases decided within the past year reminded appellants that requests for reconsideration before boards of contract appeals must amount to something more than alleging that the board got it wrong the first time.
On 9 August 2002, the Respondent wrote a letter to the Appellant explaining its reasons to "accept and affirm the [Appellants] intentions to reconsider and not to respect the said agreements]", the reasons stated therein being:
His death in 1594 removed the restraints on two distinct camps, generally known as the Jesuits and the Appellants (after their 1599 appeal to Rome).
The appellants wanted the Tribunal to examine the rejection in light of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
While Tuesday's judgment is a major blow for the appellants, a court official said the ''parties may seek further hearings.
It follows that denying the benefits here, to which appellants have no cognizable entitlement, do not burden their free exercise fights.