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

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

  • Starting an appeal in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD)
  • When can an appeal be made to the Court of Appeal?
  • Correcting sentencing errors made in the Crown Court (the ‘slip rule’)
  • Referral by the Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Appeals by the Attorney General (including unduly lenient sentence referrals)
  • Unduly lenient sentence referrals
  • Appeals on a point of law
  • Appeals against conviction following guilty pleas in the Crown Court
  • Advice on appeal in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
  • Common grounds of appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes provision for the extended use of live links and audio links in criminal proceedings to give judges more options for avoiding adjournments and keeping business moving through the courts to help reduce delays in the administration of justice while the pandemic is in full swing. See: CA 2020, ss 53–56. Practitioners might also find it useful to consult the daily operational summaries published by HM Courts and Tribunal Service which provides details of the current workings of the courts. We are reviewing our content on the basis of information available and will keep it under regular review. Meanwhile, for updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

This Practice Note focuses on appeals against conviction and sentence and other orders made to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD) under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490, Pts 36 and 39.

It explains the process of commencing an appeal by way of making an application for leave to appeal lodged directly with the Court of Appeal. For further information on obtaining certificates certifying a case is fit for appeal from the Crown Court, see

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