Court of Criminal Appeal (Ireland)
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The Court of Criminal Appeal (Irish: An Chúirt Achomhaire Choiriúil) of Ireland hears appeals of indictable offences tried in the Circuit Court, the Central Criminal Court and the Special Criminal Court.
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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