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Find out how to appeal a conviction for sexual abuse. The statue of justice on the Old Bailey should really be blindfolded. Justice is sometimes unjust.

Please Note:

This FACTsheet about how to appeal a conviction is based entirely on a publication by Justice. They are an all-party law reform and human rights organization which actively promotes improvements to the British legal system – through research, education, lobbying and interventions in the courts. We give full acknowledgement and offer our thanks for an excellent publication. 

How to Appeal – a guide to the criminal appeal system

ISBN 978 0 907247 51 7 • 54 pages • A5 Paperback

Available from JusticeFREE to prisoners.  Get a free copy of How to Appeal 2018 (PDF download).

How to Appeal provides simple, accessible information on the appeal system and procedures – for prisoners and those who advise them.

The booklet is in a simple question and answer format – reflecting the main questions asked by prisoners.

It will also be invaluable to anyone who may be asked to give advice on how the criminal appeal system works.


  • easy to follow question and answer format
  • a flowchart of the entire appeals system
  • examples of appeal forms
  • information on how and when to appeal
  • what lawyers can do when legal aid is available
  • what grounds of appeal the court can look at


  • Stage 1            Get yourself organised
  • Stage 2            Start the appeal
  • Stage 3            The ‘single judge’ stage
  • Stage 4            Renewal to the full court
  • Stage 5            The full court hearing
  • Stage 6            The appeal
  • Stage 7            After the appeal
  • Grounds of appeal
  • Legal aid
  • Index of terms used in appeal

See examples of successful appeals

Court of appeal quashes conviction of five men for murder

Appeal court overturns former care worker’s conviction for abuse

Dr San Lazaro faces probe after appeal court overturn conviction

Trawling to be reviewed as conviction is squashed