BEWARE statutory time limits to appeal: if you are late, you are out – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 1st, 2011 in appeals, news, time limits, tribunals by sally

“Any lawyer dealing with civil or criminal cases tends to think that, if there is a time limit for doing something in the case, then if that thing does not get done on time, the court may be lenient if there is good reason for extending time. The problem comes where the court is only given power to hear an appeal by a specific set of rules, and the rules say, for instance: you must appeal within 14 days of the decision. In the statutory context, that may mean precisely what it says. And the court, however sympathetically inclined, cannot do otherwise and allow a late appeal.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th November 2011