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Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Section 25: Appeals

This Section provides that where a collection officer’s decision is appealed, that appeal will take place at the court level where the fine was originally imposed or which is responsible for its enforcement (Section 25(1)). The Section allows for that court to quash or confirm the decision in question (Section 25(2)).

The Section provides, following a default hearing, that the normal appeal structure will apply whereby an appeal of a magistrates’ court decision is made to a county court and an appeal of a Crown Court decision is made to the Court of Appeal (but only with leave) (Section 25(3) & (4)).

The Section explains that where an appeal is brought, the collection order is suspended until that appeal is resolved (Section 25(6)). Therefore the collection officer will not take any further enforcement actions under the collection order until after the appeal is completed.

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