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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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An officer who had seen the appellant in the cells was concerned that he seemed aggressive and unpredictable.
The respondent's knowledge of the IEO and its implications in regard to its conduct toward the appellant was considered at length in the hearings at first instance and in the appeal, but was addressed only briefly by the High Court.
If the appellant fails to attend, or be represented at, a hearing, inquiry or site visit by the Planning Inspectorate without good reason so that the other party's expense of attending is wasted.
If the conflict becomes apparent before the period for rehearing expires, an appellant may request a written opinion or move the court for rehearing or rehearing en banc.
If the appellant meets this burden, or if the court raises the
The recalcitrant appellant can wait and see if any of the parties are going to appeal, and, if one of the other adversarial parties in fact does so, has ten days from service of the notice of appeal or the remainder of the thirty-day period--whichever is longer--to file a cross-appeal.
He testified that he saw the appellant "'degrade' the Army to new soldiers in the unit, saying they did not know what they were getting into, how bad the Army was, and things along that line in general.
On August 13, 2002, the player entered into a contract as professional player with the Appellant.
The case against the appellant becomes overwhelming when the evidence of the identification of the appellant as the assailant by Ms Lees is taken into account.
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 DRB decision awarded the appellant, who was represented by the American Federation of Government Employees in his DRB appeal, back pay and the option to return to duty as a screener at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The Court wrote "When an appellant dies, the court retains jurisdiction to proceed 'in the interests of justice' but it is a jurisdiction that should be sparingly exercised".