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What Is The Appellate Division?

What Types of Cases Can be Reviewed

The Appellate Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court reviews the appeals of the trial court decisions. The types of cases reviewed can be:

  • Infraction
  • Misdemeanor
  • Limited Civil
  • Small Claims Post Judgment Enforcement Orders
  • Writs relating to the above types of appeals
  • Important
  • The Appellate Division does not review appeals for Small Claims or Parking Violations.

Who Hears the Appeal

A panel of three judges is randomly chosen from a group of four judicial officers to hear and decide each appeal. The judges on the panel review what happened in the hearing or trial to see if there was a legal mistake made that was serious enough to have changed the outcome of the case. After review, the panel issues a written decision on each case.

The appellate panel does not:
  • Consider new evidence
  • Decide if witnesses told the truth
  • Hold a new trial
  • Rehear the case
  • Review questions of fact
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