The Common Law Division deals with civil, criminal and administrative law matters.
Certain types of cases, such as defamation and professional negligence, are dealt with in specialised lists to enable judges to supervise their progress to trial. Other matters are subject to general case management.
Judges preside over criminal trials for the most serious offences. Criminal matters include:
The Supreme Court can also hear bail applications in relation to cases in the Court or in other Courts. On such applications, the Court will consider a person's entitlement to bail and any conditions which should be attached to it.
These cases involve a legal challenge to decisions of Government Ministers, officials and organisations. The Court may make orders requiring official duties to be performed, decision-making to be properly carried out, or may restrain illegal or invalid administrative action.