Conducting an appeal in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD)
Conducting an appeal in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD)

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Conducting an appeal in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD)
  • Appeal notice lodged with the Court of Appeal—next steps
  • Notification of the appeal to the prosecution/respondent
  • Respondent’s notices in the CACD
  • Consideration by a single judge
  • Single judge grants leave to appeal—next steps
  • Renewed applications for leave to appeal
  • Advancing fresh grounds of appeal that are not contained in the original notice of appeal
  • Case management powers of the CACD
  • Withdrawing an appeal, reopening an exclusion and reinstatement of grounds of appeal
  • more

This Practice Note explains the conduct and progress of appeals made to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD) under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490, Pts 36 and 39.Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, SI 2015/1490, Pts 36, 39

For detailed guidance on commencing appeals in the CACD, see Practice Notes: Starting an appeal in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD) and Criminal appeals—certificates of fitness to appeal from the Crown Court. See also: Common grounds for appealing conviction and sentence—checklist and Appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)—checklist.

Appeal notice lodged with the Court of Appeal—next steps

Once an appeal is received by the Criminal Appeal Office (or a certificate of fitness for appeal has been issued by the Crown Court), a case reference number and a case officer will be assigned to the appeal. This case reference number will be provided to the appellant (or their legal representative) by letter within seven days of lodging the appeal notice. It is important to use the reference number in any communication with the case officer or the Criminal Appeal Office.Criminal Practice Directions 2015 [2015] EWCA Crim 1567, CPD IX Appeal 39C, para 39C.5

The CACD Registry can be contacted:

  1. by telephone on 020 7947 7344, or

  2. by email using this address: CriminalAppealOffice.Registry@hmcts.x.gsi.gov.uk

The case officer will obtain a transcript of the Crown Court trial which can take some time. The case officer may send the transcript to the advocate for the appellant to perfect the grounds of appeal, that is to say, to make specific reference to parts of the evidence upon which the appeal is founded.CrimPR,