The party against whom an appeal is filed. The appellee usually seeks affirmance of the lower court's decision. By contrast, the appellant is the party who filed the appeal.
Suppose P sues D, and wins. D files an appeal. P is the appellee, and D is the appellant. If D wins the appeal, and P appeals, the roles are reversed. D becomes the appellee, and P is the appellant.
See Appellate Procedure.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A party to a lawsuit who wins in the trial court -- or sometimes on a first appeal -- only to have the other party (called the appellant) file for an appeal. An appellee files a written brief responding to the appeal, and often makes an oral argument before the appellate court, asking that the lower court's judgment be upheld. In some courts, an appellee is called a respondent.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:11 pm