Appellate court

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).

The court that hears appeals from judgments of the trial courts. There are provincial appellate courts to hear appeals from the provincial courts and the provincial superior courts, and a Federal Court of Appeal to hear appeals from the Federal Court, Trial Division.


A court that reviews the accused’s conviction or acquittal at trial. In summary conviction matters, appeals are usually heard by superior courts, while in indictable matters, appeals are heard by the provincial courts of appeal. Courts, such as the Supreme Court of Canada, that hear subsequent appeals are also called appellate courts.

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