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Lodging an Appeal

An appeal by a young person against an order of the Children’s Court may be lodged at any venue of the court.

An appeal should be lodged within 30 days of the court order being made. However, an appeal can be lodged more than 30 days after the court order. In these circumstances, the County Court/Supreme Court will decide if 'leave to appeal out of time' should be granted.

Generally, the person lodging an appeal must attend the court personally in order to complete the necessary paperwork. If, however, the appellant is a child under 15 years of age an appeal may be lodged on the young person's behalf by his/her parent.

At the time of lodging an appeal the appellant will be advised of the date and place of hearing of the appeal and provided with copies of the Notice of Appeal.

The appellant is required to provide copies of the Notice of Appeal to the informant (the person who laid the charge).

Young people considering an appeal should should first seek legal advice.

Further information about lodging an appeal can be obtained by contacting the registry at any venue of the Children’s Court.

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