Lodge an Appeal
REVIEW YOUR CONVICTION, YOUR SENTENCE OR BOTH
There are two options to appeal your conviction or sentence. You can appeal the Magistrate’s Court decision to the Supreme Court; or appeal the District’s Court or Supreme Court’s decision to the Court of Appeal. To lodge an appeal, you must state the grounds of your appeal or give the reasons your conviction should be reviewed.
GROUNDS OF APPEAL
Grounds of appeal need to be accepted by law, so you cannot appeal because you feel the sentence or conviction is unfair. Possible grounds of appeal include an error of law or an error of fact made by the court or an excessive sentence.
Get legal advice on whether you have sufficient grounds to appeal your sentence.
APPEAL TIME LIMITS
There are time limits to appeal decisions against the different courts, so be sure to seek legal advice on appeals directly after your trial. If you have missed the time limit, you can apply to the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal, depending on the jurisdiction, for an extension of time.
Submit your request for a time extension along with your appeal and an affidavit stating the reason your appeal was not lodged on time.
If you’re looking for honest advice on the grounds of your appeal and the chances of success, we’re here to help. To make an informed decision, you need to know the strength of your appeal and potential costs. Did you know, if appealing a Magistrate’s Court decision you can be held liable to pay the other party’s fees if you lose? Don’t get caught out, get good advice right away.