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The Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal exercises an appellate jurisdiction over both the High Court and Magistracy and has jurisdiction and powers to hear and determine appeals in civil and criminal matters. While this Court is established with a President and three Justices of Appeal, a panel of three Justices sits at any one time.

The Court of Appeal may sit in Belize 4 times for the year; however, in practice it usually sits 3 times. A lot depends on the number of cases on its calendar. The present composition is made up of 1 resident Belizean and 3 visiting Justices, including the President, from the Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. The four Justices of Appeal are all male.

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