At the law firm of David J. Celuch in Oregon, we understand that the appeals process can seem complex and complicated. You may find the legal terminology confusing.

Here are some of the terms that you, as the appellant or petitioner, may hear during your criminal appeal, per the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Appellate court

Your appeal may be heard in the Oregon Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals. The term “appellate court” refers to both. The appellate court is a higher court than the trial court that issued the original judgment.

Notice of appeal

Your petition to have your case reviewed by the appellate court is the notice. “Notice of appeal” may also refer to a cross-appeal, which is a petition filed by another party to your appeal against someone in your case. The notice must include the following:

  • The title of your case and the names of all parties involved
  • The court and the judge that issued the judgment you are appealing
  • A copy of the judgment you are appealing
  • A description of the portion of the court record that you want to have transcribed and submitted along with the court file
  • A certificate of filing that states the date that you filed your notice with the Appellate Court Administrator

Appellate judgment

This term refers to the appellate court’s decision, either in your favor or otherwise. The Administrator prepares the judgment, enters it in the register, and then sends it to the original court, to you and to the other parties involved in your case. 

More information about appealing a criminal conviction is available on our webpage.