The trial court’s decisions may be appealed to the appellate court in Illinois. The appellate court is responsible for determining whether or not the trial court erred in its judgement. The Supreme Court reviews decisions made by the appellate court.
After your case concludes in the trial court, either side can appeal any issue they lost. If you are unhappy with the trial court’s decision, you will want an attorney that can help you decide whether an appeal would warrant the time, expense and emotional investment needed to pursue an appeal. If your adversary files an appeal, you will want an attorney to protect your interest by defending the trial court’s decision.
Not all attorneys practice at the appellate court level. An experienced appellate attorney is important in your case as the rules and procedures in the appellate court differ substantially from those that apply in the trial court.
The appellate court can only review evidence that was presented at the trial court level. Depending on the issue, the court will review the trial court’s decision with varying standards of review. Therefore, it is important your trial attorney also understands the appellate court process.
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