Madonna has filed an appeal after being denied the right to adopt a young girl named Mercy from the impoverished country Malawi. The appeal is set to be heard before a three judge panel in Malawi on May 4th. The case will not be heard publicly, as that is the standard procedure for cases that involve infants in Malawi. The appeal process can take up to two weeks, and it is not necessary for Madonna to be present for the hearings. Madonna’s Malawian lawyer has already presented the singer’s grounds for appeal and has expressed hope for a positive resolution of the situation.