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1 (House of Lords) The procedure for appealing direct to the House of Lords from the High Court or a Divisional Court, bypassing the Court of Appeal. The procedure is only allowed in exceptional cases. All parties must consent and the case must raise a point of law of public importance, which either relates wholly or partly to the interpretation of a statute or of a statutory instrument or is one in respect of which the trial judge is bound by a previous decision of the Court of Appeal or the House of Lords. The trial judge must certify that he is satisfied as to the importance of the case and the House of Lords must give permission to appeal in this way.

2 (Court of Appeal) The procedure under Part 52 of the Civil Procedure Rules by which an appeal from a decision of a district judge or master may be transferred to the Court of Appeal. Under the Civil Procedure Rules, which substantially revised appellate jurisdiction in the civil courts, such an appeal would normally be to a circuit judge or a High Court judge. However, if the appeal is considered to raise an important point of principle or practice, or if there is some other compelling reason, it may be transferred to the Court of Appeal. See feature The Appeals System.

Subjects: Law.

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