Supreme Court of Tasmania


Supreme Court of Tasmania - Appellate Jurisdiction

Appeals from Lower Courts and Tribunals

There is a right of appeal to the Supreme Court from the decision of a magistrate and from most tribunals although, in some cases, only on questions of law and not on questions of fact.

Criminal Matters

Appeals from the decision of a Supreme Court judge and jury are usually heard by a court consisting of three or more Supreme Court judges called the Court of Criminal Appeal. A convicted person may appeal either his/her conviction or the sentence imposed. See s407 of the Criminal Code Act 1924.

Civil Matters

Where a matter has been determined by a single judge of the Supreme Court, or a judge and jury, in a civil matter, a party has a right of appeal to a court consisting of three or more Supreme Court Judges. This is called the Full Court of the Supreme Court. See s659 of the Supreme Court Rules 2000.

High Court

Appeals from the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Full Court are heard in the High Court of Australia.