Section 43: Appeal to Court of Appeal
92.There is a general right of appeal against any order of the High Court in section 16 of the Supreme Court Act 1981. It applies to restraint orders made by the High Court and orders ancillary to them. The general right of appeal in the 1981 Act does not, however, apply to the Crown Court. Therefore, it has been necessary to create a specific right of appeal in the Act in relation to restraint orders made (or not made) by the Crown Court.
93.It is important to note that there is no right of appeal against the Crown Court’s decision to make a restraint order. The appeal lies only against the Crown Court’s decision to vary or discharge an order (or not to vary or discharge it). A person dissatisfied with a restraint order must first apply to the Crown Court for its variation or discharge before any appeal to the Court of Appeal is possible. This is because most restraint orders are likely to be made ex parte so the Crown Court will not have had the opportunity of hearing the defendant unless he applies to vary the restraint order.