Normally, cases are decided in a court of appeal by a composition consisting of three members. One of the members may be an assistant judge in judicial training.

Unlike the district courts, the courts of appeal do not have lay judges. In military proceedings, however, there are two military judges who participate in the decision in addition to the members of the court of appeal.

In cases where important issues of principle are at hand, a decision may be made by a reinforced composition consisting of seven members or in a plenary session with all the members of the court of appeal present.

A single member may make decisions relating to the preparation and issue certain decisions specified by law, including decisions in matters relating to granting of legal aid and appointment of a legal aid attorney as well as certain urgent and provisional decisions.

In simple cases in a main hearing, the decision may be pronounced immediately at the end of the hearing. In other cases, it is handed down at the registry of the court of appeal. Normally, the decision is to be handed down within 30 days of the end of the main hearing.

Published 1.8.2019