Court of Appeals Law and Legal Definition

A Court of appeals can be

  • An intermediate federal judicial court of review found in the thirteen judicial districts called circuits in United States. These courts are referred to as U.S. Courts of Appeal. These courts have appellate jurisdiction over the majority of cases decided by U.S. District Courts.
  • A state court that reviews the decision rendered by inferior courts to determine if any errors are made which need reversal of its judgment. It could be an intermediate appellate tribunal that reviews the decisions of lower courts on appeal.State courts of appeals are sometimes courts of last resort when their decisions are final and are not subject to review by any other state tribunal.