Appeals to the Court of Appeal at the High Court in London can be made after conviction or sentencing in the Crown Court.
The law under which appeals can be made is contained in the Criminal Appeal Act 1968, the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 – and the Criminal Procedure Rules.
Following a verdict or sentencing, a solicitor or barrister (counsel) will advise on whether there may be grounds for a defendant to appeal conviction or sentencing.
The usual time limit for submitting appeals to the Court of Appeal is 28 days after a verdict – and appeal is possible only if the trial judge grants a certificate of fitness for appeal.
In some cases, it may be possible to lodge an appeal later than the 28-day limitation period by asking the court for permission to apply for Leave to Appeal Out of Time. Reasons must be given for doing this, however.
In order to appeal, it is necessary to prepare grounds for appeal and submit an application form to the Court, which will be completed by your Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitor.
The application is then sent to the criminal division of the High Court or Court of Appeal.
An appeal judge will assess any application for Leave to Appeal a conviction or sentence – and if the grounds for appeal are judged to have sufficient chance of success and Leave to Appeal is granted, a full hearing at the Court of Appeal will be scheduled.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors have acknowledged expertise in representing clients wishing to apply to the Court of Appeal regarding conviction or sentencing – including preparing evidence which may not have been available, or was not submitted during the trial.
In some cases, an appeal may also be made if a trial was not run properly – or sentencing was not within sentencing guidelines, was unusually harsh, or may involve a breach of human rights.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors understand how important the appeals process is to clients who wish to appeal a conviction or sentence – our experienced criminal defence lawyers will make sure that the best outcome possible is achieved in any application to the Court of Appeal.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and a successful track record in advising clients on appeals to the Court of Appeal.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide across England and Wales.
Call Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on appeals to the Court of Appeal.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors can advise on appealing a conviction or sentence as soon as a verdict has been reached.
Clients appealing conviction or sentencing have 28 days in which to appeal a Crown Court verdict – Duncan Lewis can also advise on Leave to Appeal Out of Time applications to the Court of Appeal.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors are a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services.
However, Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances – Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid for an appeal once a verdict has been reached or a sentence passed and grounds for appeal have been discussed.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of costs whenever possible.
In some cases, after the event insurance may also be a funding option.
Call Duncan Lewis Criminal Appeals Solicitors to discuss Appeals to the Court of Appeal 020 7923 4020.