Guide to Appeals

If you are unhappy about the decision made in your case you may be able to appeal against the decision to a higher court. There is an absolute right to appeal from a decision in the Magistrates' Court. There must be proper grounds for making an appeal from the Crown Court.

There are strict time limits for bringing an appeal. It may be possible to obtain an extension to these, but this should be an option of last resort. The general time limit is 21 days.

There are several ways in which you may challenge Magistrates' decisions. The most appropriate method will depend upon the type of case and its particular circumstances. Before you lodge an appeal we strongly recommend you seek legal advice as to the procedure, merit and cost.

Appeals against the decision of the Magistrates' Court in criminal cases are heard by the Crown Court. The appeal is made to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days and the papers sent by the Magistrates' Court staff to the Crown Court.

For Crown Courts you can appeal, but it would be necessary to seek permission or 'leave' from a judge at a hearing or within 7 days before an appeal can be made against a conviction in a criminal case.

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