abstract of record

An abstract of record is a summary of a trial that offers the key details for the appellate court to consider, such as the facts, all proceedings in the case to date, the trial court's decision, and the legal issues to be determined. To assess whether the issues presented for review on appeal were properly preserved in the lower court, an appellate court must examine the history of the trial court's proceedings. 

[Last updated in May of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]