In this article, our Cook County appeals attorneys discuss appealing court decisions in Illinois. In Illinois, many court decisions can be used using different methods under the law. Our attorneys discuss how to appeal a court decision, the timeline for appeals and how to appeal court decisions in Illinois courts. In Illinois, cases are initially closed and heard in county district courts. They are also called “trial courts” because circuit courts are the level at which each party presents evidence and jury and bench trials are held in order to reach findings of fact.The court of appeal will examine the file of the court of first instance as well as the briefs drawn up by the two parties and will decide whether to set aside the decision of the court of first instance, to confirm it or to order further action by the court of first instance. If the appeals court overturns or upholds the trial court's decision, then the losing party can appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.