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  • The process by which a higher court is petitioned to examine a judgment made by a lower court. It is a legal challenge to a particular element in a trial court's process, not a claim against the court's finding in the case. Appeals raise procedural and/or constitutional issues. The argument underlying an appeal is that the outcome is possibly tainted due to problematic procedure. Examples of the subject of complaints found in appeals include the inclusion or exclusion of evidence, a judicial ruling during the course of the trial, the prosecutor's behavior, or how the jury was instructed.

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