West Law Report

Assistance provided by well-prepared grounds of appeal

Posted in Times Law Report by mrkooenglish on October 28, 2008

From The Times
October 16, 2008
Assistance provided by well-prepared grounds of appeal

Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Published October 16, 2008
Guide to Commencing Proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Well drafted grounds of appeal and concise outlines of argument would greatly assist the judge considering whether to grant leave.

Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice, so stated on October 8, 2008 when handing down the new Guide to Commencing Proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division.

THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE said that he hoped that the professions would very quickly become familiar with the new guide, as the judiciary would.

The first and most important step was, of course, the preparation of the grounds of appeal. The rules prescribed the form and content of the notice and grounds of appeal.

Practitioners were required to summarise the facts and outline their arguments concisely. Well drafted grounds of appeal assisted the single judge when considering leave and served to shorten any hearing before the full court. Ill prepared and prolix documents necessarily led to wasted time spent on preparation and unnecessarily protracted hearings.

It was important that all took seriously their responsibility to ensure the effective progression of cases and to keep delay to a minimum.

— Copies would be available at crown courts:
see also http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/ docs/proc_guide.pdf

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