When appealing a civil case either side may appeal the verdict as written by uscourts.gov:

Civil Case

Either side may appeal the verdict.

Now I know an apellate court can sometimes deny an appeal. And I know that in criminal trials, if the defendant is not guilty, the court goes a step further and says the government is not even allowed to appeal:

Criminal Case

The defendant may appeal a guilty verdict, but the government may not appeal if a defendant is found not guilty. Either side in a criminal case may appeal with respect to the sentence that is imposed after a guilty verdict.

This spurred the following question...


Is there ever a special case where a civil court can legally outright prevent either party from filing an appeal?

  • As far as I know, to appeal you need to be heard in a higher court. That court, for example the supreme court can either hear the case, deny to hear it, or send it back to a lower court. Eventually you run out of higher courts to appeal to. This is basically preventing further appeals. – Ron Beyer Jun 5 '19 at 3:40

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