Appellate jurisdiction

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Appellate jurisdiction is the power of a court to analyze the agreement of a lower court.[1]

Nearly all of the cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court are based on its power of appellate jurisdiction over a lower court. However, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear about 99% of the cases appealed to it, and it only decides about 75 cases a year as of 2007.


  1. US Government and Politics