Referendum a bid to clear Supreme Court logjam

Referendum a bid to clear Supreme Court logjam
The Central Criminal Court: criminal appeals to the Supreme Court are rare.

The vast majority of the Supreme Court's workload involves appeals from routine civil cases, writes James McDermott.

The absence of a Court of Appeal for civil cases is the most obvious anomaly in our court structure. On the criminal side, a case initially heard in the Central Criminal Court can be appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeal, with leave to appeal further to the Supreme Court only being granted in cases involving points of law of exceptional public importance. Such is the high threshold for this further appeal in criminal cases that the Supreme Court hears, at most, a handful of appeals a year from the Court of Criminal Appeal.

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