Court of Criminal Appeal (Ireland)

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The Court of Criminal Appeal (Irish: An Chúirt Achomhairc 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.

It is expected that the Court of Criminal Appeal be merged into the new Court of Appeal as soon as the Court of Appeal is established, which is expected to be October 2014.

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