a court that reviews decisions of lower courts. In the federal courts, the primary appellate courts are the U.S. courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. State courts also have a court of appeals and a high appellate court (usually called the state's Supreme Court).
(or Appeals court) Appellate courts are where appeals of decisions made in lower courts are decided. These courts have the power to review questions of law that arise from judgments made in lower courts. In 39 states, there are two types of appellate courts-intermediate appellate courts and supreme courts. The other states have only one level of appellate court to review trial court decisions (see Supreme Court).
a court which hears cases which have been decided in lower courts. For cases involving state law, most states provide state appellate courts, while federal circuit courts ("courts of appeal") deal with most appeals related to federal law. The State Supreme Court is the highest appellate court, the "court of last resort," for cases involving state law, while the US Supreme Court is the highest appellate court, the "court of last resort," for cases involving federal law.