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NCJ Number: 221310 Find in a Library
Title: High Court's Jurisdiction in Relation to Criminal Proceedings: A Consultation Paper
Corporate Author: Great Britain Law Cmssn
Conquest House
United Kingdom
Date Published: October 2007
Page Count: 172
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Law Cmssn
London, WC1N 2BQ, England
Sale Source: Great Britain Law Cmssn
Conquest House
37-38 John Street
Theobalds Road
London, WC1N 2BQ,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The British Law Commission assesses current British law and offers proposals for change regarding the nature of and limitations upon the High Court's criminal jurisdiction by case stated and judicial review over the Crown Court, how those jurisdictions are best transferred to the Court of Appeal, and the implications of these two issues for the High Court's criminal jurisdiction over the magistrates' court and for courts-martial.
Abstract: Part One presents an overview of problems with the current law regarding the meaning of "relating to trial on indictment," the lack of clarity and simplicity, different avenues for challenging decisions of the Crown Court exercising its appellate or committal for sentence jurisdictions, and different avenues for appealing decisions of magistrates' courts. An overview of the main provisional proposals of the Law Commission addresses the role of the High Court; appeal by case stated and judicial review; challenging convictions and sentences; challenging acquittals; challenging determinations, judgments, orders and rulings other than convictions, and sentences and acquittals; and magistrates' courts and the court martial. Part Two of this report explains the various avenues under the current law for challenging determinations, orders, and rulings made by magistrates' courts and the Crown Court in Criminal proceedings. Part Three considers the relevance of the European Convention on Human Rights. Part Four explains the Law Commission's provisional proposals for the framework under which the High Court's jurisdiction in relation to criminal proceedings in the Crown Court should be transferred to the Court of Appeal. Part Five presents the Commission's provisional proposals regarding the circumstances in which resort to the proposed statutory appeal should be permitted. Part Six considers the implications of the proposals for proceedings in magistrates' courts. Part Seven examines the implications of the proposals for the Court Martial and related courts. Appended summary of some empirical evidence
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Convictions; Criminal proceedings; Foreign courts; Foreign laws; Judicial review; Jurisdiction; Law reform; Post-conviction remedies; Sentencing/Sanctions
Note: Law Commission Consultation Paper No. 184; downloaded January 23, 2008.
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