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Appealing against a county court decision

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How to appeal a county court decision .

An appeal against a county court decision needs to be made to the Court of Appeal. Expert advice will be needed

An application for permission to appeal should, if possible, be made within 21 days of the county court decision unless the county court has given directions to the contrary.[1] Permission to appeal will only be granted if the appeal raises an important point of principle or practice, or if there is another compelling reason for the Court of Appeal to hear it.[2] There is no right of appeal against a decision of an appellate court to give or refuse permission to appeal and the only remedy available in such cases is to apply for judicial review where exceptional circumstances warrant such application.[3]

[1] Civil Procedure Rules Practice Direction 52.12(2)

[2] Civil Procedure Rules 52.7(2).

[3] s.54(4) Access to Justice Act 1999; Sivasubramaniam v Wandsworth County Court [2002] EWCA Civ 1738; R (on the application of Tummond) v Reading County Court and another [2014] EWHC 1039 (Admin).

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