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General Notices: 26th May 2017 Court of Appeal


Court of Appeal (criminal)

Listing procedures

Llist to fix dates
The next List to Fix Dates will be held on Monday the 17th July 2017 before
Mr. Justice Birmingham in Court 22, Criminal Courts of Justice at 10 o'clock. Appeals are entered in the List to Fix Dates on receipt of the submissions of the moving party. The List of such cases will be published in the Legal Diary in due course and cases will be added to the List as submissions of the moving party are filed. For administrative reasons the List closes on the preceding Wednesday and any case where submissions of the moving party are received after 1pm that day will be included in the subsequent List to Fix Dates (to be held during Michaelmas term 2017). If there is a degree of urgency in the appeal the office will, on request of the solicitor for the moving party, include the appeal in a management list to facilitate an application for a priority hearing.

Replying submissions:
As a matter of practice the court requires that the replying submissions of the respondent to an appeal be filed and served no later than two weeks before the hearing date allocated.

Books of Authorities:
Three copies of the Book of Authorities of the moving party should be lodged no later than two weeks before the hearing date and a copy of the index furnished to the solicitors for the respondent. Three copies of the Book of any authorities not included in the moving party's Book and intended to be relied on by the respondent are to be lodged no later than one week before the hearing date and a copy of the index furnished to the solicitors for the moving party.
Note: practitioners are reminded that the court is very familiar with the leading cases on principles of sentencing and there is no need to include such cases in the Books of Authorities - a reference in the submissions to any such case and, if deemed necessary by counsel, a short extract setting out the principles concerned, will for the most part suffice.

Documentary exhibits:
Three copies of any relevant documentary exhibits are to be lodged by the solicitors for the moving party no later than one week before the hearing of the appeal. Practitioners will be aware of the contents of the Practice Direction CA02 dealing with documentary exhibits in sentence appeals and undue leniency applications including any post-sentencing materials intended to be put before the court in the event of an error in principle being found. The Practice Direction has been revised to provide for the availability of four (rather than three) copies of any post-sentencing materials to be put before the court.

Management list
All applications for legal aid, enlargements of time to appeal, motions, applications for priority hearing dates and other miscellaneous applications which can be dealt with by a Judge sitting alone will be listed on an ongoing basis on the Friday of each week during term at 10 o'clock before Mr. Justice Birmingham.

Unless the court otherwise directs no application for a hearing date will be entertained at the Management List unless the submissions of the moving party have been filed.

Any enquiry in relation to the List to Fix Dates or the Management List may be made via email to courtofappealcriminal@courts.ie

G. Manners
Registrar of the Court of Appeal
23rd May 2017