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Unformatted text preview: appropriate legal issues, the prosecution cannot appeal an acquittal. Another contributing factor for an appeal is that issues must have been raised in the original trial. Functions, roles, and outcomes of appellate courts are very different from trial courts. The function of a trial court is to make a legal decision to a particular case and the function of an appellate court is to determine whether or not a trial court proceeded in the appropriate legal manner. Although the prosecution has the burden of proof in a trial court, the appellant has the burden of providing the legal worthiness of the appeal. Trial court outcomes are strictly relevant as to the particular case but appellate courts decisions create precedent that will continue throughout other courts. Trial and Appellate Courts 3 Reference The Courts in Our Criminal Justice System. (2003). Chapter 15: Appeals. Pearson Education, Inc....
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