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McCanns Appeal at STJ

Kate and Gerry McCann appeal for a review to the Portuguese Supreme Court of Justice (STJ), following the unfavourable ruling by the Lisbon Court of Appeals on April 14, 2016, has entered the court's database public listings.

The entry date, as you can see on the image above, was on September 12, 2016 and the online publication date of the court case details appeared on October 4, 2016 at the STJ site.

The Supreme Court Judges have yet to decide on the merits of the appeal, this may result on the appeal for a review to be granted, partially granted, denied or even postponed. The Supreme Court of Justice will "only hear or determine on matter of law but under no circumstances on factual matters".

According to a 2013 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the timing for a STJ decision averages three months. The decision will eventually appear at the 'Scheduled Sections Table - 1st Section - Civil" page at the Supreme Court of Justice site.

Update: STJ published the list on Tuesday, 31st January 2017. The Appeal on a point of law (recurso de revista) was rejected. STJ maintains earlier decision of Lisbon Appeals Court. Costs to the appellants (Artigo 529.º CPC).

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