High Court / Central Criminal Court
When the High Court is hearing criminal matters it is known as the Central Criminal Court. In criminal matters, the High Court Judge sits with a jury of twelve. However, a verdict need not be unanimous in a case where there are at least eleven jurors if ten of them agree on a verdict after a reasonable time has passed (not less than two hours).
A person refused bail in the District Court can apply to the High Court for bail. A person granted bail in the District Court can apply to the High Court to vary the conditions of bail. A person charged with murder can only apply to the High Court for bail.
The following types and categories of offences must be heard by the Central Criminal Court sitting with a judge and jury:
- Encouragement or concealing knowledge of treason
- Offences relating to the obstruction of government and obstruction of the President
- Murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder
- Offences under the Genocide Act, 1973
- Rape, aggravated sexual assault and attempted aggravated sexual assault under the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act, 1990
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Dated : 3/2/2014
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