The Court of Appeals is the highest court of the state and hears both criminal and civil appeals. It is comprised of a chief judge and six associate judges, appointed by the governor for 14-year terms. Five judges are needed for a quorum, four for a decision. The Court of Appeals reviews only questions of law, with two exceptions: it reviews facts on an appeal from a criminal judgment imposing the death penalty, and on review of an appellate division decision reversing or modifying a judgment, finding new facts, and directing that a final judgment be entered on the new facts. ...

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