Court of Criminal Appeal (Ireland)
The Court of Criminal Appeal of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

 hears appeals of indictable offences tried in the Circuit Court
Circuit Court (Ireland)
The Circuit Court is an intermediate level court of local and limited jurisdiction in the Republic of Ireland which hears both civil and criminal matters. On the criminal side the Circuit Court hears criminal matters tried on indictment with a judge and jury, except for certain serious crimes...

, the Central Criminal Court and the Special Criminal Court
Special Criminal Court
The Special Criminal Court is a juryless criminal court in the Republic of Ireland which tries terrorist and organized crime cases. Article 38 of the Constitution of Ireland empowers the Dáil to establish "special courts" with wide-ranging powers when "the ordinary courts are inadequate to secure...


The Court sits in a division of three, with one Supreme Court judge and two High Court judges.

The court can hear appeals by a defendant against conviction, against sentence or against sentence and conviction. The Director of Public Prosecutions can also appeal against a sentence on the grounds that it is unduly lenient.

A further appeal to the Supreme Court only lies when the Court of Criminal Appeal itself or the Attorney General certifies that a point of law of exceptional public importance needs to be resolved.

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