There has been a lot of interest in the appeal of Ched Evans (see here for our piece on it).
On 23rd March 2016 we found out that the judgment was ‘reserved’.
This means that the three Judges will go away and discuss the case before coming to a conclusion. Afterwards, one of them will draft a written judgment.
This will be circulated in advance to the lawyers from both sides about a week before it is released to the public. This is on the strict understanding that those lawyers to not inform anybody, even their client, of the outcome or show anyone the draft (the Courts take this very seriously – it’s a contempt of court, see here for an example of just how seriously it is taken).
The purpose of this is not for the lawyers to re-argue the case, but to check it for typos and factual accuracy.
We will probably find out which date is set a few days beforehand – this will probably be early April we are told.
One hour before the judgment is ‘handed down’ (officially published) the lawyers can share the outcome with their client. Typically this will be at 9am.
And then at 10am the Judges will come into Court and formally hand it down. In a case such as this one they will probably announce the result and hand out copies of the written judgment to the journalists. This will be published online shortly afterwards.
In many cases this will be done to an empty Court, as the lawyers will be excused from coming along, and there is no journalistic interest.
Clearly in this case there will be a huge media circus. In addition, there may be other issues such as whether a re-trial should be ordered (if the appeal is allowed), or whether either party should pay any costs of the appeal. For that reason, we expect that both sides will be represented.
At the moment, the reporting restrictions that were imposed yesterday have been directed to continue until then. When more information is released, we will have a look at this in more detail.
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