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:

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) ... Generally 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 ...
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 ... 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 ...
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 ... station 3DB (now MIX 101.1) should broadcast an all day appeal on Good Friday ...
Bali Nine - Criminal Proceedings - Appeals
... There were several avenues of appeal available to the Bali Nine ... had seven days post-sentencing to lodge appeals ... sentence remains at 20 years after appeal ...

More definitions of "appeal":

  • (verb): Take a court case to a higher court for review.
    Example: "He was found guilty but appealed immediately"
  • (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"
  • (noun): Attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates.
    Example: "His smile was part of his appeal to her"
    Synonyms: appealingness, charm
  • (verb): Request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection.
    Example: "Appeal to somebody for help"
    Synonyms: invoke
  • (verb): Be attractive to.
    Synonyms: attract
  • (verb): Challenge (a decision).
    Example: "She appealed the verdict"
  • (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:

    The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.
    Adolf Hitler (1889–1945)

    Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time. It will then have been proved that, among free men, there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and that they who take such appeal are sure to lose their case, and pay the cost.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    The appeal of the New Right is simply that it seems to promise that nothing will change in the domestic realm. People are terrified of change there, because it’s the last humanizing force left in society, and they think, correctly, that it must be retained.
    Gerda Lerner (b. 1920)