Oregon residents might be interested to learn about the process of appealing a federal court's decision. If a party believes a federal court ruled in error, the case is almost always eligible to receive a second look during an appeal. Although an appeal and a trial are similar in some ways, there are key differences that are important to understand.
Unlike trials that are heard by only one judge, appeals are heard by a panel of judges. These judges will each consider the appellate briefs that are submitted by each party's attorney during the appeal. The written briefs will contain the arguments for each party's belief that the trial court's decision was either correct or incorrect. Attorneys may also be given time to present an oral argument, and the judges will question the attorneys about information contained in each brief.