Appellate courts have traditionally played an important role in maintaining the integrity of the judicial system. They not only serve to correct errors which may occur at trial but also provide a reflective forum for the refinement of established principles of law and the development of new ones. Equally as important, they maintain the boundaries of various departments of government. If operating properly, they ensure that the humblest citizen shall be placed on an equal footing with one who occupies the highest position and that for every illegal wrong there is an adequate remedy. These functions become all the more important in an age of increasing governmental activity and an era in which the individual is confronted by bureaucracies in both the private and public sectors. The traditional appellate court, as a non-bureaucratic institution, has played a key role in protecting the rights of individuals against the overreaching that may naturally occur with bureaucratization.

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