If you pleaded not guilty you can appeal against your conviction and/or sentence.
If you pleaded guilty you can normally only appeal your sentence.
You should appeal within 21 days of the date you were sentenced.
Your appeal will be heard by the Crown Court.
Get an appeal application form
The appeal form comes with guidance notes - including when you must appeal by.
Send the form to the magistrates’ court where the original trial took place.
The court hearing
A few weeks before the hearing you’ll get a letter telling you where and when it is. This is normally your nearest Crown Court.
Appeal hearings usually last between 1 and 3 days.
The appeal decision
If you win your appeal against your conviction your sentence will no longer apply.
If you win your appeal against your sentence it will be reduced.
You may get any legal costs paid back (eg a solicitor’s fee) and you may be able to get compensation.
Use the form below to apply for compensation:
If you lose your appeal, your original conviction will stay the same, but you may be able to appeal again. Get legal advice about making another appeal.