Criminal Revisions

In addition to its original and appellate criminal jurisdiction, the General Division of the High Court (“General Division”) has revisionary jurisdiction in respect of criminal proceedings and matters dealt with by the State Courts (section 23 of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act). The relevant legislation on the General Division’s revisionary jurisdiction and the procedure to be adopted for such appeals are contained in, respectively, section 23 of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act and sections 400 to 404 of the Criminal Procedure Code (“CPC”). The revisionary jurisdiction of the General Division empowers the Court to examine the record of any criminal proceedings before the State Courts or any criminal case disclosure conference, and correct any irregularities in the decisions of such matters. The General Division may exercise its revisionary powers on its own motion, even if a party does not apply.

As in the case of Magistrate’s Appeals, Criminal Revisions are open court hearings and may be attended by the public.

The decision of the General Division in a Criminal Revision is final.  However, any party to the matter may, with leave of the Court of Appeal, refer a question of law of public interest arising from the matter to the Court of Appeal (section 397(1) of the CPC).  The Public Prosecutor may refer any question of law of public interest to the Court of Appeal, without the leave of the Court of Appeal (section 397(2) of the CPC). 

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