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Court of Appeals
Intro to the Court of Appeals
Basic Info: Fourteen judges, two elected from each of the seven appellate districts, serve on the Court of Appeals and are divided into panels of three to review and decide cases, with the majority deciding the outcome.
Cases Handled: With a few exceptions, most cases appealed from Circuit Court go to the Court of Appeals. The case is not retried at the appeals level.
Instead, the original trial record is reviewed, with attorneys presenting the legal issues to the court for a decision.
Term: Court of Appeals judges serve eight-year terms.