Appeals

Appeals

There is a procedure to cover appeals against conviction and/or sentence provided there are grounds for such an appeal. An appeal from the Magistrates Court will go to the Crown Court and, in the case of an appeal against conviction, will amount to a re-hearing of the case. An appeal from the Crown Court will go to the Court of Appeal but can only be on a point of law. Grounds will need to be drafted and, depending on the court/case the time limits will be 21 or 28 days. It is therefore essential that if an appeal is going to be considered it must be discussed immediately after the conclusion of the case.

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