What is an appeal?
Authored By: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
This week’s legal term of the week is “Appeal.” An appeal is a right you usually have after a final decision of a court or government agency. If don’t agree with the decision of the court or agency, you can have the decision reviewed by a higher court or agency, and sometimes a court can review an agency’s decision. Almost all appeals have to be filed in writing. All appeals have to be filed within a certain time, called the appeal period. Sometimes you have to post an appeal bond, of cash or property, within a certain time, to appeal from a lower court to a higher court.