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The Court Of Appeal

If you are convicted or sentenced unfairly in the Magistrates Court, you have an automatic right to appeal to the Crown Court, but you must lodge your appeal within 21 days of the Sentence hearing.

If you are convicted or sentenced unfairly in The Crown Court, you can appeal but need to apply for permission to do from a Court of Appeal Judge who looks at the papers in the case and the arguments for appeal before deciding whether there is a strong enough argument for the appeal to be heard.

If your appeal is not successful, the Court of Appeal may penalise you by ordering that the time in prison awaiting your appeal be added onto your sentence.

Remember, you must lodge your appeal within 28 days of conviction or sentence.