Appellate jurisdiction

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Appellate jurisdiction is the power of a court to analyze the agreement of a lower court.[1] It is typically held by an appellate court, although some courts have both original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction.

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