Although there is an automatic right of Appeal from the Local Court to the District Court in relation to criminal convictions or findings of guilt, time limits do apply and careful consideration needs to be given as to whether to lodge an Appeal.
If it is decided a Conviction Appeal is to be lodged then this means a person disagrees with the Magistrate’s findings that an offence was committed by them and they want to take the matter to the District Court to be re-heard by a Judge.
When lodging a severity appeal against the sentence imposed the ideal outcome would be to change a severe sentence, such as a prison sentence, into a non-custodial sentence such as a suspended sentence, home detention, periodic detention or a community service order.
It is important that you consult one of our specialised criminal lawyers as soon as possible if you want to Appeal a decision. Time limits do apply and there is also the chance a Judge may increase your sentence, so it is imperative you seek quality professional advice.