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Licensing appeals

An applicant or an interested party can appeal a Panel decision to the magistrates within 21 days of publication of the official minute of the decision. Camden and the appellant can together choose to have the appeal heard before a different Licensing Panel, instead of the magistrates. 

Residents should be represented by a lawyer in front of magistrates, whether as appellant or as a third party helping Camden to defend an appeal by an applicant. The losing side can have costs awarded against them. There can be no appeal against the magistrates’ decision, except on a point of law to the High Court.

Where the applicant has appealed, residents generally just give their evidence in a signed witness statement in support of the local authority which made the decision. The local authority can call a local resident with a good statement to take the stand to support their case.