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5KBW Criminal Appeals Resources

In this section we provide links to articles and external websites containing procedural rules, guidance and research relating to criminal appeals.

[5KBW are not responsible for the content of these external websites]

The topics covered are:

1.  5KBW Criminal Appeals Unit articles

2.  England and Wales

  • The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (CACD)
  • The Supreme Court
  • The Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • The Law Commission Criminal Appeals Project
  • Prison information

3.  Northern Ireland Court of Appeal

4.  Caribbean appellate resources




  • Horizon, the Post Office and free pardons: Paul Taylor KC asks whether the issuing of a free pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy a potential remedy to the Horizon / post office scandal. [First published on Passle in December 2023]
  • Renewed Applications for Leave to Appeal and Loss of Time Orders: Paul Taylor KC analyses the decision in Tamiz and Tamiz [2024] EWCA Crim 200, the CACD’s guidance on advising on renewing an application for leave, the risk of loss of time orders and whether the time has come to abolish them.
  • Potential grounds of appeal (1): Criticism of Trial Lawyers.  In this article Paul Taylor KC analyses the approach of the CACD generally to complaints against trial lawyers, lists some practical tips for preparing this ground, and seeks to identify some of the factors that may determine the outcome.


Identifying potential grounds of appeal

Crown Court Compendium – June 2023

“The main aim of this Compendium is to provide guidance on directing the jury in Crown Court trials and when sentencing, though it contains some practical suggestions in other areas, for example jury management,…”

Jury management and summing up: 


Sentencing Council

How sentencing works:

Sentencing guidelines for use in the Crown Court

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

The website of the CACD: “What we do, Who we are, Court information”

Court of Appeal, Criminal Division review of the year 2023

Previous judgments of the CACD (BAILLI)


Guide to Proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

The Criminal Practice Directions 2023 require that parties comply with the guidance set down by the Registrar in this Guide.

An essential resource for Judges and Lawyers, it brings together relevant legislation, Criminal Practice Directions and Criminal Procedure Rules with an easy to read narrative.

It also provides useful points of contacts for Court users who wish to contact staff of the Criminal Appeal Office.” Updated Jan 2024 guidance

Appeal a Crown Court Decision:

Court of Appeal Criminal Division guidance for litigants in person and third party assistance

This guidance is intended for use by litigants in person (applicants who are representing themselves) and unqualified third parties (non-lawyers) who are assisting them with proceedings in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.

CPS website: Appeals to the Court of Appeal

How to appeal a criminal conviction or sentence:

Constituency casework

(House of Commons Library)Published Thursday, 13 July, 2023

Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme

Constituency casework

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CPS website:

Data on Outcome of unduly lenient sentence referrals

This document is intended to assist the public in reviewing cases which have recently been submitted to the Attorney General’s office. This includes the sentences examined, the outcome and details of the cases. This information is updated weekly

Forms, rules and directions

Criminal Procedure rules: Forms

Appeals forms:

Links to Form NG Conviction:

Form NG Sentence:

Abandoning an appeal:

CACD contact details:

Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 and Criminal Practice Directions 2023:


The Supreme Court

Court procedures and documents

Criminal Cases Review Commission

Website of the Criminal Cases Review Commission

How to apply

Casework policies:

Investigatory powers and practices

Annual reports

CPS website:

Appeals - Criminal Cases Review Commission


The impact of R v Jogee: An examination of applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) Dr Louise Hewitt, University of Greenwich 1 February 2023

The potential impact of legal aid cuts (Prof Richard Vogler, Dr Lucy Welsh, Dr Liz McDonnell and Dr Susann Wiedlitzka – Sussex University)

Women who kill

The Court of Appeal and the Criminalisation of Refugees (Yewa Holiday, Elspeth Guild and Valsamis Mitsilegas)

The Law Commission Criminal Appeals Project

The Law Commission is seeking views on the law about appeals in criminal cases, including the tests applied by the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and laws governing post-trial retention and disclosure of evidence.

Issues paper:


Find information on prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales, including how to arrange visits and how to stay in touch with prisoners.


Judicial decisions and directions

NI Crown Court Bench book (2015) 
Sentencing Guidelines for Northern Ireland


Caribbean legal resources   

Caribbean Law Project : This Project includes databases of law materials relating to the Caribbean available via CommonLII.

Legal resources selected & annotated by Inner Temple Library

Cases, Judgments and Laws via Free Websites

University of West Indies, Online Legal Resources

Law Society Guides and resources

The Commonwealth promotes and strengthens the rule of law that underpins strong democratic and accountable governance. Topics include legal and judicial reform, human rights, women’s rights, transnational crimes, and the legal aspects of international trade negotiations

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC)

ECSC Court of Appeal Rules

ECSC Criminal Procedure Rules

ECSC Sentencing Guidelines

ECSC E Litigation Portal User Information

Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

CCJ Appellate Jurisdiction Rules 2019

CCJ appellate jurisdiction judgments

E-filing Portal

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas Court of Appeal

Procedure for appeals to the Court of Appeal in Criminal Matters

Legislation, Rules and Directions


Bahamian Online Legal Resource Centre

Barbados Supreme Court

Barbados-University of the West Indies, Faculty of Law, Cave Hill, Law Library

Barbados - Parliament of Barbados

Bermuda Court of Appeal

Legislation: The World Law Guide


Belize Court of Appeal


Rules of the Court



Attorney General's Ministry

Jamaica - Supreme Court of Judicature of Jamaica

Criminal Bench Book

Jamaica - Laws of Jamaica

Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal

Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Resources

Laws of Trinidad and Tobago: Digital Legislative Library-Law Revision Commission

Ministry of Legal Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago 

Ministry of The Attorney General


Antigua and Barbuda



Cayman Islands




St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos