1.1 What is an appeal?
What is an appeal?
After a lower court, such as the BC Supreme Court, makes a decision, the party who lost may want to have that decision reviewed by a higher court in the hope that it might be reversed or changed. In such cases, an “appeal” is made to the Court of Appeal, which is the highest court in BC.
An appeal is not a new trial or a rehearing of your case.
What an appeal is not
An appeal is not:
The Court of Appeal will not hear an appeal of every case. In some cases, you must ask the permission of the Court to appeal through a process called “leave to appeal”. See section 2.2 What to do if leave to appeal is required. Even if the Court of Appeal hears your appeal, it will not:
For an appeal to be successful, you must show that the decision-maker made a factual or legal error that affected the outcome of your case. An appeal is not a new trial or re-hearing of your case.
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