Our justice system is designed to deliver fair and impartial results. But strive as they might to do the right thing, judges, juries and lawyers are only human. And human beings will sometimes make mistakes. Recognizing this, our justice system has an appeals process for those who believe an error may have contributed to an unjust outcome.
The appeals process exists to correct errors in the judicial process, not to retry cases. Only in rare instances can new evidence be introduced during an appeal or will a higher court grant an appellant a new trial.
The special skills needed by an effective appellate lawyer go beyond those of successful trial lawyers. You’ll find both sets of skills at Cook Noell Tolley & Bates LLP.Devin H. Smith