Court for Crown Cases Reserved

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English criminal courts system 1848-1907

The Court for Crown Cases Reserved was an English appellate court for criminal cases established in 1848[1] to hear references from the trial judge. It did not allow a retrial, only judgment on a point of law. Neither did it create a right of appeal and only a few selected cases were heard every year.[2]

It was superseded by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 1907.[3]

Notable cases referred to the Court[edit]


  1. ^ Crown Cases Act 1848 (11 & 12 Vict. c.78)
  2. ^ Cornish & Clarke (1989) p.35
  3. ^ Cornish & Clarke (1989) p.619


  • Cornish, W.; Clarke, G. (1989). Law and Society in England 1750-1950. London: Sweet & Maxwell. ISBN 0-421-31150-9.