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Special Criminal Court

The Offences Against the State Act 1939 provides for the establishment of Special Criminal Courts. This court sits with three judges and no jury. The rules of evidence that apply in proceedings before the Special Criminal Court are the same as those applicable to trials in the Central Criminal Court. The Special Criminal Court is authorised by the 1939 Act to make rules governing its own practice and procedure. The Act also provides that the Government shall appoint serving judges to sit in the Special Criminal Court. There is a panel of 11 judges appointed to the court who are drawn from the High, Circuit and District Courts. An appeal against conviction or sentence by a Special Criminal Court may be taken to the Court of Criminal Appeal.

This page updated: 5th January 2006