Discussion 7 - Appellate Courts Essay

685 Words Feb 19th, 2016 3 Pages
Assuming a case is capable of being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the first step, most of the time, is to file a lawsuit in your local state or federal court. The trial judge would hear evidence and consider legal arguments from each side before making a decision. If the judge decides all or part of the case against you, you can then appeal the case to a higher court. When you have appealed as far as possible, you can consider appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. -
The beginning process is to file a notice of appeal, rarely does a losing party have an automatic right of appeal. Usually there must be a legal basis for the appeal, an alleged material error in a trial, not just the fact that the losing party did not like the verdict.
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I believe the appellant courts are necessary because an appeal is not a retrial or a new trial of the case. Appeals in either civil or criminal cases are usually based on arguments that there were errors in the trial’s procedure or errors in the judge's interpretation of the law. Appellate courts are a backup system for justice.

Below are two United States Supreme Court and there locations.
United States District Court
Southern District of New York
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007-1312
Supreme Court of Virginia
P.O. Box 1315
100 North Ninth Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219-1315
Case number 1:
R. WALKER, (WARDEN) LUNENBURG CORRECTIONAL CENTER v. CHRISTOPHER FORBES
(Record Number 151848)
From
The Circuit Court of Fairfax County; M. Devine, Judge.
Counsel
Aaron J. Campbell (Office of the Attorney General) for appellant.
Jonathan D. Esten (The Law Office of Jonathan D. Esten) for appellee.
Assignment of Error 1. The habeas court erred in ruling that Forbes was denied the effective assistance of counsel in appealing the revocation of his suspended sentence.
Date Granted 02-22-2016

Case number 2:
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA v. BRADY ARNOLD PROFFITT, JR.
(Record Number 151514)
From
The Circuit Court of Tazewell County; J. Hurley, Judge.
Counsel
Mark Herring,

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