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A Recap of my Appellate Series So Far

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks my posts have focused on the field of appellate practice.  Unlike trials, appeals offer an opportunity for a court to delve into the particulars of difficult legal questions and to synthesize rules of law to govern situations that courts have not previously encountered.

In “Understanding Appeals,” I provided a general overview of what an appeal is and how it is different from a trial.  I also discussed what features I might expect to find in a good appeal–that is, an appeal that would be more likely to result in the reversal of a trial court verdict or criminal conviction.

In “Appealing a Verdict in Virginia,” I explained the appellate process in Virginia state courts.  This article explains the difference between the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, and highlights the writ process, or process of granting an appeal, in each Court.

In “Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Virginia,” I explained the appellate process in Virginia state courts as it applies to criminal trials.  Appealing from a criminal conviction raises different issues than appealing from a civil verdict, and this article discusses some of those differences.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting on more particular issues arising in both civil and criminal appeals, including posts discussing (1) standards of review in Virginia, (2) particular issues arising in family law appeals, (3) the law concerning motions to suppress and other criminal procedural motions, and (4) rules of statutory interpretation.  So please revisit our site, and be sure to subscribe to our RSS Feed, follow us on Twitter, or friend us on Facebook to keep up to date on our latest posts.


Andrew P. Connors, Esq. is an attorney with The Creekmore Law Firm PC in Blacksburg, Virginia.  In 2013, Super Lawyers Magazine named him a Rising Star for Appeals/Appellate Practice in Virginia.  Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk for two years to Judge William G. Petty at the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Appealing a Verdict in Virginia

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

In my last post, I explained the difference between a trial and an appeal and highlighted the manner in which an appellate court rules on issues before it.  In this post, I’d like to focus in more on the specific process for appealing a verdict in Virginia.

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Understanding Appeals

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Everyone knows that court action begins with a trial, or, at least, the threat of one.  A trial litigates both factual and legal issues like, “Was the light green?” or “Was the police officer’s search unconstitutional?”  Thus, the purpose of a trial is (1) to determine what happened and (2) to determine if what happened makes a defendant liable for damages or subject to some other kind of court remedy, like an injunction.  A civil trial might end in an award of monetary damages, or even an order to stop certain behavior, and a court judgment embodying those remedies.  A criminal trial, likewise, could end with large fines, jail time, and an adjudication of guilt that can negatively impact employment prospects and even negatively impact certain civil rights, like the ability to vote and possess a firearm.  

What is a person to do in the face of such consequences?  Appeal.

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