Depending on whether your were dealt with by the magistrates court or crown court will depend on the procedure and process to be applied when appealing against conviction and/or sentence.

Magistrates Court 

The right to appeal against conviction and/or sentence is automatic.  You do not have to establish any grounds in order to be allowed to appeal.

The time limit to appeal is 21 days, which starts on the date the magistrates court sentenced you. The paperwork cannot be submitted before this date.

Once the appeal papers are lodged with the magistrates court, these papers are then sent to the crown court, who in turn will fix a date for the appeal to be heard.

Crown Court

The procedure in the crown court is very different compared to the magistrates court. When you are convicted/sentenced in the crown court, in order to appeal you must establish grounds upon which you seek an appeal. These grounds of appeal should be drafted by your legal team and lodged with crown court within 28 days from the date of your conviction or sentence, depending which you are appealing.

A single judge will then consider the grounds and decide whether the appeal should proceed to be heard. If the single judge refuses to accept that there are any grounds then you do have the right to renew the application at an oral hearing before the Court of Appeal.

To discuss further the possibility of an appeal please contact us. The free no obligation consultation will provide you with the opportunity to make an informed decision as to how you should proceed.

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