Appellate Brief Law and Legal Definition

An appellate brief is a document submitted to an appeals court by a lawyer. It contains all the legal arguments as to why the lawyer's client should win the case. Its purpose is to persuade the judges to rule in the client's favor. Briefs contain legal arguments designed to persuade the court and they analyze legal issues and refer to both primary and secondary sources. Transcripts and recordings of oral arguments before appellate courts preserve the presentations made by attorneys for the parties and questions asked by the judges.