What the Court of Appeal Criminal Division does

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We hear appeals from proceedings in the Crown Court. We hear appeals against:

  • convictions in the Crown Court
  • sentences given by the Crown Court (even if the conviction was in a magistrate’s court)
  • confiscation orders imposed by the Crown Court

For all these cases we also handle applications for permission (‘leave’) to appeal.

We also hear other types of appeal from proceedings in the Crown Court, including cases referred to us by the Attorney General where there is concern that the sentence given by the Crown Court may have been too lenient.

We also hear appeals from decisions made by ‘service courts’ (military courts) and are known as the ‘Court Martial Appeal Court’ when we do.

Who we are

We are, together with the Civil Division, one of 2 divisions of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The Court of Appeal is the second most senior court in England and Wales.

We are based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Cases are heard by Lords Justices of Appeal or, in some cases, High Court judges.

Court information

Contact the Court of Appeal Criminal Division

General enquiries

Criminal Appeal Office
The Royal Courts of Justice
United Kingdom

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