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Appellate Court

appellate court

a court that reviews decisions of lower courts. In the federal courts, the primary appellate courts are the U.S. courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. State courts also have a court of appeals and a high appellate court (usually called the state's Supreme Court).

Source: Federal Judicial Center

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