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Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal is the highest civil court in the State. It hears appeals from civil proceedings before the Supreme Court, District Court, Land and Environment Court and certain State tribunals. The Judges of the Court of Appeal also regularly sit on the Court of Criminal Appeal, which is a separate Court. For decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeal go to NSW Caselaw.

Most appeals are heard by three Judges but some are heard by two and in special cases more than three Judges. Matters arising before the appeal can be heard and dealt with by a single Judge or the Registrar. Special permission or leave must be granted to appeal a decision from the Court of Appeal to the High Court of Australia.

The NSW Court of Appeal thanks the New Zealand Court of Appeal, the Queensland Court of Appeal and the Northern Territory Court of Appeal, in particular, for their assistance in the preparation of these web pages.