Under which jurisdiction can a High Court accept an appeal against the decision of the district court?

Under Appellate Judgement (both civil and criminal) the High Courts can accept appeals against the decisions of the lower courts. In civil cases, the High Courts hear the appeals against the decisions of District Judges. In Criminal cases Appellate jurisdiction consists of appeals:

(i) Against the judgmenet of a Sessions Judge or an Additional Sessions Judge, where the sentence of imprisonment exceeds seven years.

(ii) Against the judgements of Assistant Sessions Judge, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate or: other Judicial Magistrates, where the sentence of imprisonment exceeds four years.

Also, the High Courts have the following powers with respect to appeals: (a) A sentence of death must be confirmed by the High Court before it can be carried out; and (b) Appeals by the State also lie to the High Court, when the order of acquittal is passed by a Sessions judge.


The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the head of the Indian judiciary and supervises the functions of the lower courts. A single civil and criminal system of laws operates all over the country. By the way of appeal, cases from the High Court may be taken to the Supreme Court. Read more

The High Courts and Subordinate Courts

The Constitution of India has provided for a High Court for each state. However, there may be one High Court for two states or union territories. This depends on the area and the population of the state or union territory. There are 21 High Courts in India. Delhi is the only union territory that has a High Court of its own. Read more

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