Can I Appeal?

If you were in the Magistrates Court facing a criminal matter, and you are not happy with the decision, you have an automatic right to Appeal to the Crown Court in that same area. You can Appeal against Conviction or Sentence or both. You need to lodge the Form of Appeal with the Magistrates Court within 21 days setting out your Grounds

If your case was heard at the Crown Court, you will have to Appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, whether you appeal against conviction, sentence or both. You have 28 days from the date of conviction within which to appeal that conviction. However, in the case of the Crown Court, you have no automatic right to Appeal, and you must seek Permission to Appeal from the Court of Appeal.

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