1.4.6 Your decisions are subject to appeal
Any of the parties who take part in a DLC hearing have the right to appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) if they are dissatisfied with the decision or any part of the decision. If the application was first considered by a DLC, the only appeal right is to ARLA. ARLA decisions can be appealed to the High Court, and then, if leave is granted, to the Court of Appeal. In an appeal a judge will review the merits of the earlier decision more clearly, and determine whether it was the ‘right decision’.
- confirm the decision of the DLC
- modify the decision of the DLC
- reverse the decision of the DLC
- refer the matter back to the DLC to consider it again (usually with guidance on particular issues).