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  • 1.

    Outline and explain the general structure of your country’s court system as it relates to the commercial appellate process.

  • 2.

    Are there appellate courts that hear only civil matters?

  • 3.

    Are appeals from administrative tribunals handled in the same way as appeals from trial courts?

  • 4.

    Is there a separate appellate bar or other requirement for attorneys to be admitted before appellate courts?

  • 5.

    If separate jurisdictions exist for particular territorial subdivisions or subject matters, explain their main differences as to commercial appeals.

  • 6.

    What are the deadlines for filing an appeal in a commercial matter?

  • 7.

    What are the key steps a litigant must take to commence an appeal?

  • 8.

    How is the documentation for appeals prepared?

  • 9.

    In commercial matters, may litigants appeal by right or is appellate review discretionary?

  • 10.

    Can litigants appeal any ruling from a trial court, or are they limited to appealing only final judgments?

  • 11.

    In a typical commercial dispute, must a litigant post a bond or provide security to appeal a trial court decision?

  • 12.

    Are there special provisions for interlocutory appeals?

  • 13.

    Are there special rules relating to injunctions or stays, whether entered in the trial court or on appeal?

  • 14.

    If a litigant files an appeal in a commercial dispute, does it stay enforcement of the trial court judgment?

  • 15.

    On an appeal from a commercial dispute, may the first-level appellate court consider the facts and law anew, or is its power to review limited?

  • 16.

    If a party is dissatisfied with the outcome of the first-level appeal, is further appeal possible?

  • 17.

    How long do appeals typically take from application to appeal to a final decision?

  • 18.

    What is the briefing and argument process like in a typical commercial appeal?

  • 19.

    Are appeals limited to the evidentiary record that was before the trial court, or can new evidence be introduced on appeal?

  • 20.

    If litigants uncover new evidence of wrongdoing that they believe altered the outcome of a trial court judgment, can they introduce this evidence on appeal?

  • 21.

    May parties raise new legal arguments on appeal?

  • 22.

    What are the rules regarding attorneys’ fees and costs on appeal?

  • 23.

    Can parties enter into a settlement agreement to vacate the trial court judgment after an appeal has been taken?

  • 24.

    Are there any limits on settlement once an appeal has been taken?

  • 25.

    May third parties fund appeals?

  • 26.

    If litigation funding is permitted in an appeal, must funding sources be disclosed to the court or other parties to the litigation?

  • 27.

    Must appellate courts in your country write decisions explaining their rulings? Can the courts designate the precedential effect of their decisions?

  • 28.

    Will the appellate courts in your country consider submissions from non-parties?

  • 29.

    What are the ordinary forms of relief that can be rendered by an appellate court in a civil dispute?

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