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What is a criminal revision

A criminal revision allows the General Division of the High Court to examine the records of a State Courts criminal matter and correct any irregularity. This includes decisions for criminal proceedings and criminal case disclosure conferences (CCDC).

Some examples of matters covered by criminal revisions include:

  • Retracting a plea of guilt.
  • Setting aside a sentence that is not within the punishment limits set by the law.
  • Amending charges for which plea has been taken and sentence passed.

The accused or prosecution in a State Courts criminal case may apply for a criminal revision.

The General Division of the High Court may also exercise its powers of revision on its own motion, even if a party does not apply.

How to file a criminal revision

You need to file a criminal revision via eLitigation.

You should provide the following information in your application:

After filing a criminal revision

After you file a criminal revision, the General Division of the High Court will inform you of your hearing date via post or email, or both.

The court may direct you to attend court and explain your case. The judge will decide whether to grant (approve) or dismiss (reject) your application.

You cannot appeal the court’s decision if your application is dismissed. However, you may refer a question of law of public interest to the Court of Appeal if your case qualifies. (1)

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The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

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