Written procedure

If no main hearing is arranged, the case is decided on the basis of written trial materials in a written procedure.

In the written procedure, the referendary circulates, among the judges of the court of appeal who belong to the deciding composition, the decision of the district court, the appeal, the response, any other material compiled in the court of appeal, the referendary's proposal for a decision and any memorandum written by him or her concerning the case.

Thereafter, the deciding composition of the court convenes in a presentation, where the referendary summarises the case orally. The judges discuss the case and finally, in turn, state their opinion. If necessary, a vote is taken.

The parties and the public cannot be present in the presentation in the court of appeal.

The court of appeal serves copies of the decision on the appellant and the respondent. In a criminal case, a copy is sent to the defendant also otherwise, if the court of appeal has amended the decision of the district court in respect of him or her.

Published 8.8.2018