Lodging appeals with the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
The Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has approved a change to Part 39 of the Rules that will require notice and grounds of appeal relating to appeals against conviction and sentence to be lodged directly with the Criminal Appeal Office and not the Crown Court.
The Rule change is expected to come into effect on 1 October 2018.
In addition, as from 1 October 2018, the Criminal Procedure Rules require separate Forms NG and separate grounds to be completed for each substantive application.
New consolidated guidance, including details of the address for service and advice on completing Forms NG and grounds of appeal, will be published in time for 1 October 2018 on GOV.UK and incorporated into the Criminal Practice Directions.
In the meantime, appeals should continue to be lodged at the Crown Court.
It is important that the right Form NG is used and that these applications are drafted as standalone applications. As soon as these new forms are available, they will be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
These new changes are intended to reduce the delays caused by lodging an appeal with the Crown Court and the appeal being forwarded to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
CACD has issued this checklist for appeals lodged after 1 October 2018:
- Has the right Form NG been used?
- Has the application been drafted as a standalone application?
- Lodge with the Criminal Appeal Office and not the Crown Court.
- Wait for an acknowledgement.
CACD urges users to lodge their applications correctly, to avoid applications for an extension of time caused by applications being lodged ineffectively.