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Trial Process: Defending a Charge
762 Appealing a conviction Appealing a conviction means asking a higher court to review your case and essentially ensure that the court did not make any mistakes in deciding to convict you. Under the law, there is generally no automatic right to appeal your conviction and you must seek permission to appeal from the court. To appeal, you generally have to demonstrate that the judge or the jury made a legal error during your trial. If the judge or the jury came to the conclusion that your story was not believable, or that you were lying, these are factual matters that are generally not considered in an appeal.
The rules surrounding who can and cannot appeal are complex. You should consult a lawyer for more information on appealing a conviction. You may also appeal your sentence if the judge made a legal error, or if the sentence was far out of the range of usual sentences for your offence. Appeals from convictions or sentences must be started at least thirty days from the sentence being imposed. In some cases, you may be able to be released on bail until your appeal is heard.
EARLY RELEASE AND PAROLE