Appeals process

The Registry will not give advice: legal advice should be sought first.

Criminal Trials: The convicted person has, in accordance with the Court of Appeal Ordinance, Cap. 2.01, twenty-one (21) days from the date of his conviction and sentence, to lodge an appeal. In many instances the date of conviction is different from the date of sentence, and therefore the time begins to run from the date of sentence. Please note that the Prosecution currently does not have the right to appeal an acquittal.

Civil Trials: The party wishing to appeal has, in accordance with the Court of Appeal Ordinance, Cap. 2.01, twenty-eight (28) days from the date of the judgment or decision or order of the Court, within which to lodge an appeal. Please note that either party is entitled to appeal the decision of the Court.

With respect to Magistrate’s Court decisions or rulings, the potential appellant (person appealing the Court’s decision) has a total of five (5) days within which to file his or her appeal. That is in respect of both criminal and civil matters.

The effect of an appeal may be to affirm the decision of the lower court or tribunal, it may over-turn a decision, or it may direct the lower court or tribunal for to reconsider its decision.