California Criminal Appeals

An appeal is the review of a conviction by a California appeals court. Misdemeanors appeals are heard by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court while the California Court of Appeals handles felony convictions. Having a conviction reviewed is not the same thing as getting a new trial: the appellate court does not retry cases, consider new evidence, or hear witness testimony. It reviews the proceedings and rulings of the lower court to decide if any legal errors were made to the detriment of either the appellant (the party who filed the appeal) or the respondent, who opposes the appeal.