The Court of Appeal - Criminal hears appeals from decisions of the Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court and Special Criminal Court.
The powers of the Court are set out in the Court of Appeal Act 2014.
The appeal procedure is governed by the following Rules of Court and Practice Directions.
Judgments delivered by the Court are published on this website.
The most common types of appeal are as follows:
Where you are convicted of an offence on indictment you can appeal either or both:
- Severity of Sentence
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) can appeal:
- Undue Leniency
- Decision not to order a re-trial
The DPP can also appeal a point of law from a trial on indictment to the Court of Appeal. As this is to clarify the law for future cases this does not mean that the Court will overturn a "not guilty" verdict.
Three judges sit for the hearing of thel appeal although the President of the Court of Appeal (or a judge nominated by the President) hears applications for orders which are not final orders in the case management list and List to Fix Dates.