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Court of Appeal Criminal - Covid-19 - Arrangements

Court of Appeal Criminal - Covid-19 - Arrangements

CRIMINAL APPEALS AND CIVIL APPEALS FOR HEARING IN THE CRIMINAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
(updated 11th May 2020)

As practitioners will be aware the Court has embarked on a pilot exercise for the hearing of appeals remotely. Any updates in relation to the listing of appeals will be published in the Legal Diary and practitioners are advised to monitor the Diary for any such updates. Any enquiry in relation to the listing of a criminal appeal may be made to the Registrar by email to courtofappealcriminal@courts.ie. Any enquiry in relation to the listing of a civil appeal in the Criminal Courts of Justice may be made to the Registrar by email to courtofappealcivil@courts.ie.

List to Fix Dates and Management List

Due to COVID-19 the List to Fix Dates scheduled for the 23rd March was adjourned. However the cases in that List together with appeals or undue leniency applications where the submissions of the moving party have since been lodged will be included in a List to Fix Dates to be taken remotely by the President on Monday the 18th May 2020 at 2.30 pm. The List is now published in the Legal Diary and the parties in the cases concerned will be furnished in due course with the necessary details to access the Virtual Meeting Room. For administrative reasons the List will close at 1pm on the preceding Thursday the 14th May 2020 and where submissions are received after that day/time every effort will be made to include the cases concerned in a late additions section. Submissions will be accepted in Word version by email to courtofappealcriminal@courts.ie and there is no requirement for hard copies to be lodged in the court office.

The weekly management lists are suspended until further notice. Any application for case-management (including an application for a priority hearing) should be made in the first instance to the Registrar by email to courtofappealcriminal@courts.ie or, if the appeal is a civil appeal for case-management and hearing in the Criminal Courts of Justice, by email to courtofappealcivil@courts.ie. It may be that such applications will be suitable to be dealt with by the President on the papers but if not capable of being dealt with in that way the President will give directions as to the remote hearing of any such applications.

Hearing of Appeals

At the List to Fix Dates on the 18th May 2020 it is the intention of the President to allocate remote hearing dates to appeals which the parties agree are suitable for a remote hearing. Where there is such agreement arrangements will be made in criminal appeals for the Director of Public Prosecutions to make the necessary application to the Court pursuant to Section 33 of the Prisons Act 2007 for the attendance of the appellant at such remote hearing via videolink.

Sentence appeals and undue leniency applications

See Practice Direction (CA02) for requirements as to materials (reports, testimonials etc) for the use of the court in sentence appeals and undue leniency applications. Practitioners are urged to ensure that any such materials are furnished to the court office in good time in advance of the remote hearing date to facilitate the transmission of the materials to the Court

Chief Prosecution Solicitor - service of documents and notification of any intended application

Practitioners are reminded of the requirement to serve on the Chief Prosecution Solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions written submissions lodged in the court office. Except for the documents referred to in Order 86C Rule 7 (1) (a notice of appeal or a notice of application pursuant to section 2 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1993) and in Order 86C Rule 15(1) (a notice of abandonment) notice of which the Registrar is required to give to various parties including the Chief Prosecution Solicitor all other documents lodged in the court office must be served on the Chief Prosecution Solicitor. Notice of any intended application to the Court must be given to the Chief Prosecution Solicitor as well as to the court office.

Papers in Civil Appeals for case-management and hearing in the Criminal Courts of Justice

During the period of the current pandemic the following arrangements will apply:

Practitioners in civil appeals for case-management in the Criminal Courts of Justice who are required to lodge booklets pursuant to the provisions of Order 86 Rule 12 (5) (motions) and Order 86A Rule 16 (1) (directions hearings) may send such booklets in pdf to the civil office by email to courtofappealcivil@courts.ie.

Unless the Court otherwise directs books of appeal for the hearing of civil appeals in the Criminal Courts of Justice should, pursuant to the provisions of the Efiling Notice issued by the President on the 20th April 2020 (the text of which is published on the homepage of this website) be sent via email to courtofappealcivil@courts.ie. The books should comply with the provisions of Practice Direction CA06 and should also be lodged in hard copy in the civil office in Áras Uí Dhalaigh, Inns Quay Dublin 7 by appointment to be arranged by email to courtofappealcivil@courts.ie.

Submissions in such appeals will be accepted in Word version by email to courtofappealcivilsubs@courts.ie and there is no requirement for hard copies to be lodged in the civil office. Practitioners should ensure that the submissions comply with the requirements of the Efiling Notice and Practice Direction CA06.

General Notices: 13th July 2020 Court of Appeal Criminal Cork + Limerick

General Notices: 13th July 2020 Court of Appeal Criminal Cork + Limerick

NOTICE OF SITTINGS IN CORK AND LIMERICK

The Court of Appeal will sit in The Courthouse, Anglesea Street Cork on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week beginning the 13th July 2020 and in The Courthouse, Mulgrave Street Limerick on the Thursday and Friday of that week to hear sentence appeals including undue leniency applications.

Practitioners who are interested in having a case heard in Cork or Limerick during that period should notify the Registrar of the Court of Appeal by sending an email to courtofappealcriminal@courts.ie as soon as possible. Notification should also issue to the solicitor for the other side.

Hearing dates for the Cork and Limerick lists will be allocated by the President at the general List to Fix Dates on Monday the 23rd day of March 2020 at 10 o'clock in Court 16, Criminal Courts of Justice and it is envisaged that the submissions of the appellant or applicant as the case may be will be lodged in the court office and served on the solicitor for the respondent in advance of the List to Fix Dates.

G. Manners
Registrar of the Court of Appeal
17th day of December 2019

General Notices: 23rd March 2020 Court of Appeal Criminal List to Fix Dates

General Notices: 23rd March 2020 Court of Appeal Criminal List to Fix Dates

COURT OF APPEAL (CRIMINAL)

LISTING PROCEDURES – CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

LIST TO FIX DATES
The List to Fix Dates scheduled for Monday the 23rd day of March 2020 has been deferred. A new date will be fixed in due course and published in the Legal Diary when the Court resumes its scheduled sittings. In the meantime and while priority will be given to appeals in the deferred List the usual arrangements apply in relation to inclusion in the List ie appeals are entered in the List 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 and before the date of the List will be added to the end of the List as a “late addition”. Otherwise the case will be included in the subsequent List to Fix Dates (date to be published in the Legal Diary). If there is a degree of urgency in the appeal the office will, at the request of the solicitor for the moving party, include the appeal in a management list on a convenient Friday to facilitate an application for a priority hearing.

Where an appeal extends to sentence as well as conviction practitioners are requested to ensure that the submissions deal with both aspects of the appeal.  With effect from Easter term 2018 the court has endeavoured, as far as practicable, to hear the sentence appeal on the same day as the conviction appeal to save time and to avoid additional listings although it may be that a decision on sentence is not required if the conviction appeal is successful.

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:
Four 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.  Four copies of a 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. Practitioners will be aware that in undue leniency applications the Chief Prosecution Solicitor prepares an eversion of the Book of Authorities on which the Director of Public Prosecutions intends to rely and furnishes such eBook to the solicitors for the respondent and to the Court.  This practice is currently under review as to whether it may be extended to other appeals coming before the Court. 

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
The weekly management lists have been suspended and the date of the resumption of such lists will be published in the Legal Diary when the Court resumes its scheduled sittings.  Priority will be given to appeals deferred from lists scheduled for Hilary Term 2020.

Procedural note: all motions, applications for enlargements of time to appeal, applications to transfer a legal aid (appeal) certificate, 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 the President. 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. 

Applications for bail pending appeal
Such applications are brought by way of Notice of Motion grounded on affidavit and made returnable for a management list for directions not less than 7 days after service of the motion papers on the Chief Prosecution Solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions.  It should be noted that instead of allocating a date for the hearing the application for bail the Court may give directions for the filing of submissions and fix an early hearing date for the appeal.

Applications for a legal aid (appeal) certificate
Where an appellant was legally aided for the trial and application is made to the Court of Appeal for a legal aid (appeal) certificate such application will be dealt in chambers and ruled in open court at a management list. There is no requirement that the solicitors for the appellant attend for such ruling as notification of the grant of a legal aid (appeal) certificate (which will be on the same basis as the representation at the trial) will issue to the solicitors concerned.

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
19th day of March 2020