Is the Court of Appeal an unnecessary expense?

The Court of Appeal is a necessary expense. Although in Ireland’s recession times, anything that requires additional funding is ‘unnecessary expense’. The autumn referendum of 2014 resulted in favour of the Court of Appeal. The Bill was passed by a majority of 65. 2 per cent of the Irish population voted in favour. The bill was then signed into law on the twentieth of July 2014. The court of appeal act 2014 is in place to enable efficiency and speed up hearings of appeals in civil cases.

Before the introduction of the court of the appeal the only court for appeal from the high court was the Supreme Court with backlogs of nearly four years. This was a costly and time consuming affair. All other cases will be held in front of the court of appeal first. The Supreme Court will review pending appeals and decide if they will go to the court of appeal. The main aim of the Court of Appeal is to establish a court system more efficient and effective. The interest of lawful justice is fixed in the Court of Appeal. The Court holds permanent judicial judgement.

The Court consists of a President and nine ordinary judges. The Chief Justice and President of the High Court are additional judges of the Court of Appeal. Although decisions are final, the Court of Appeal ensures the plaintiff or defendant have fair and honest appeal. It also gives the plaintiff or defendant a second chance in trying to resolve their. The Court of Appeal corrects any mistakes that could have happened in previous hearing in the High Court. A legally qualified judge will hear the appeals. This permanent resident gives consistency in decisions made in the court of appeal.

This has evidently enabled a reduction in delays between trail and appealed hearings. One of the methods to determine the efficiency of a court system is to detect the time limit in which the hearings concluded. When cases are appealed to the Supreme Court they are sorted by priority. The court of appeal effectively deals with these cases, reducing cost and time. The work load of the Supreme Court will evidently reduce in size with the help of the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court, are now able to deal with cases of high priority.

In 2008, the Supreme Court had 443 appeals and 229 of these were disposed of. These figures will reduce upon the involvement of the Court of Appeal. This Court will give additional resources to the Supreme Court in relation to public appeals. Ireland is expanding and modernising economy. The idea of a new improved court system between the High Court and the Supreme is immensely needed. As in the constitution, our legal system has a personal liability towards our citizens. By improving their circumstances in which they are found themselves in.

The Court of Appeal enables the public to feel they have a right to appeal their conviction or if they have been wronged by the judicial decision. To conclude, this Court of Appeal has significant advantages to enhance our legal system. Irish citizen’s personal liability is extremely important in appeals heard by the Court. The interest of lawful justice is priority for the Court of Appeal. This Court of Appeal is a necessary expense due to the time and cost reduction saved. It will also strengthen our legal system in relation to flaws and unlawful convictions.