If someone doesn't like what a court has decided, there are a couple of options. These include writs and appeals, as well as other avenues know as motions. There are several key difference between writs cases and appeals cases, and they're all based in the disparate functions of the two legal actions.


Appeals are part of the United States legal system that allows for a disputed court decision to be reviewed by a different court with more authority. The courts that hear these cases are known as appellate courts. There are several levels in this hierarchy, and the United States Supreme Court sits at the top of the pyramid.

At each level except for cases heard by the Supreme Court, both sides of a case have the opportunity to appeal to the judgment of a higher court. They have one chance at this, and they do it through a document called an appeal. Appeals can only be made on a limited number of issues that are usually evidenced in the court record of the disputed case.


Writs allow recourse when an appeal can't be made. They also allow for multiple chances at another trial, since defendants can file multiple writs. There are many other subtleties, so refer to contact Dougherty & Associates in Sacramento at 916-877-9353.