Are all appellate courts the same? What are the differences in a Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, specialty courts and federal courts of appeal?

Minneapolis, MN appellate lawyer Kay Nord Hunt talks about the various differences in appellate courts.

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The appellate courts process may differ a little bit from appellate court to appellate court with terms of their rules but they essentially operate the same in terms of how they review cases, how they decide cases. There is a difference between the intermediate court and the state supreme court, for example, because the intermediate court is bound to follow whatever the state supreme court has said. It is an error-correcting court; it is not a law creating court, whereas the state supreme court is a law creating court, a law construction court, and because it is the highest court it has leeway to look at things broader for statewide impact than does the intermediate court.