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The Court of Appeal generally deals with appeals by Defendants from decisions in the County Court (there are limitations on the type of matter that can be appealed).

The Court also deals with appeals from the Supreme Court’s criminal jurisdiction.

The Prosecution can also appeal against decisions (known as Director’s Appeals) which they are meant to do only sparingly.

A defendant has 14 days from the day the order is made to lodge an appeal against conviction and/or sentence.

Most appeals have to start with an application for leave to appeal. An application for leave to appeal is where a Judge will have submissions (written and/or oral) and indicate whether they believe that there is any merit in the appeal.

On an appeal, the Court has the power to increase the penalty.