What is appeal?

  • (verb): Cite as an authority; resort to.
    Synonyms: invoke
    See also — Additional definitions below


In law, an appeal is a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision. The decision maker to whom the appeal is made may be a court, a board, a tribunal or even a single official. Generally, only the party aggrieved below has standing to appeal. A court is used in the examples below.

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Some articles on appeal:

Bali Nine - Criminal Proceedings - Appeals
... There were several avenues of appeal available to the Bali Nine ... Lawyers had seven days post-sentencing to lodge appeals ... and Stephens sentences stand at life imprisonment and Lawrence's sentence remains at 20 years after appeal ...
Appeal - Results
... The result of an appeal can be Affirmed Where the reviewing court basically agrees with the result of the lower courts ruling(s) ... speaking, an appellate court's judgment provides 'the final directive of the appeals courts as to the matter appealed, setting out with specificity the court's ...
Good Friday Appeal - History
... The Appeal started in 1931 when groups of journalists from The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd organised a sporting carnival in aid of Melbourne hospitals ... The proceeds from the appeal initially went to different hospitals each year, but from their third year proceeds have gone exclusively to the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital ... that The Herald and radio station 3DB (now MIX 101.1) should broadcast an all day appeal on Good Friday ...
Operation Mass Appeal
... Operation Mass Appeal was an operation setup by the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the runup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq ... psychological warfare effort, known as Operation Mass Appeal ... According to Ritter “Mass Appeal served as a focal point for passing MI6 intelligence on Iraq to the media, both in the UK and around the world ...
Joseph Bruno - Appeal
... In November, 2011 Bruno's convictions were overturned on appeal ... Prosecutors indicated at the time that they plan to retry Bruno ...

More definitions of "appeal":

  • (verb): Be attractive to.
    Synonyms: attract
  • (noun): Attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates.
    Example: "His smile was part of his appeal to her"
    Synonyms: appealingness, charm
  • (verb): Challenge (a decision).
    Example: "She appealed the verdict"
  • (verb): Request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection.
    Example: "Appeal to somebody for help"
    Synonyms: invoke
  • (noun): (law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial.
    Example: "Their appeal was denied in the superior court"
  • (verb): Take a court case to a higher court for review.
    Example: "He was found guilty but appealed immediately"
  • (noun): Earnest or urgent request.
    Example: "An appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
    Synonyms: entreaty, prayer

Famous quotes containing the word appeal:

    Whether there be any such moral principles, wherein all men do agree, I appeal to any, who have been but moderately conversant in the history of mankind, and looked abroad beyond the smoke of their own chimneys. Where is that practical truth, that is universally received without doubt or question, as it must be, if innate?
    John Locke (1632–1704)

    Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
    Bible: New Testament, 1 Corinthians 1:10.

    The beginning of human knowledge is through the senses, and the fiction writer begins where human perception begins. He appeals through the senses, and you cannot appeal to the senses with abstractions.
    Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)