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This concept addresses the facts that were brought up in the court below. Since appellate courts do not hear factual evidence, but only matters of law, the only way to bring up facts at the appellate level is to ask the court to review the sufficiency of the evidence. That means, taking the record in total, could the trier of facts reasonably have drawn the conclusions reflected in the judgment of the lower court? This issue is governed by a tough standard. See Sufficiency of the Evidence under Standards on Review in this studyguide.

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