In general parlance, an appeal is a solicitation, plea, or petition earnestly seeking something; but in the criminal justice system, the term has a much narrower and more precise meaning and refers to a review of a decision or a verdict by a tribunal such as a court other than the one that rendered it. While the right to appellate review is not one of constitutional dimension, once a review system is put into place, considerations of due process require that it be fair, so, for example, an indigent seeking ...

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