The High Court As De Facto Court of Appeal: A Revisitation of Leave Requirements in the Criminal and Family Court Jurisdictions

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Lau Kwan Ho

Singapore Management University

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

The High Court almost always sits in its judicial capacity with a single Judge. The exceptions are limited. This article is concerned with the expanded constitution of the High Court in the exercise of its criminal and family court jurisdictions, and with the opinion expressed in some recent cases that the enlarged three-judge panel of the High Court might in these contexts be viewed as a de facto Court of Appeal. Upon a contemplation of the consequences said to result from such occasional expansions of the court, it is suggested in this article that the practice, while defensibly founded on practical necessity, should also lead to consideration of another method that could achieve the same outcome.

Suggested Citation

Ho, Lau Kwan, The High Court As De Facto Court of Appeal: A Revisitation of Leave Requirements in the Criminal and Family Court Jurisdictions (March 1, 2019). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Mar 19, pp108-123 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3398719

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Singapore Management University

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