Appeals—Portugal—Q&A guide

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  • Appeals—Portugal—Q&A guide
  • 1. Outline and explain the general structure of your country’s court system as it relates to the commercial appellate process.
  • 2. Are there appellate courts that hear only civil matters?
  • 3. Are appeals from administrative tribunals handled in the same way as appeals from trial courts?
  • 4. Is there a separate appellate bar or other requirement for attorneys to be admitted before appellate courts?
  • 5. If separate jurisdictions exist for particular territorial subdivisions or subject matters, explain their main differences as to commercial appeals.
  • 6. What are the deadlines for filing an appeal in a commercial matter?
  • 7. What are the key steps a litigant must take to commence an appeal?
  • 8. How is the documentation for appeals prepared?
  • 9. In commercial matters, may litigants appeal by right or is appellate review discretionary?
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Appeals—Portugal—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to appeals in Portugal published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: April 2021).

Authors: Uría Menéndez—Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho; Luís Bertolo Rosa

1. Outline and explain the general structure of your country’s court system as it relates to the commercial appellate process.

Portugal's court system is organised in three different levels. There are first instance courts, intermediate appellate courts and the Supreme Court, which is the final appeal court.

In certain circumstances – when a party argues that the way in which the court has interpreted and applied certain legal provisions is in breach of the Constitution – the Constitutional Court will also work as an appeal court.

In terms of intermediate appeal courts, the national territory is divided into five regions: Lisbon (which also covers the territories of the Azores and Madeira Archipelagos), Oporto, Guimarães, Coimbra and Évora, each one with an intermediate appeal court.

The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the entire national territory.

The threshold for the jurisdictions of the first instance and intermediate appeal courts are €5,000 and €30,000, respectively.

2. Are there appellate courts that hear only civil matters?

The Supreme Court has civil, criminal and social sections.

All the intermediate appeal courts have a civil and a criminal section and will, depending on the level of demand and complexity of the assigned

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