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An appeal is a proceeding by which a person can ask a higher court to overturn, or change, a decision made against them by a lower court.

There are two types of appeals available to a person under Queensland law, an appeal against conviction and an appeal against sentence. On this page you will find information about these two types of appeals including how to make them, what courts consider when determining an appeal, and how to know whether you should appeal a decision made against you.

It is also possible for the police or the prosecution to appeal against a courts decision, though it is unusual for them to appeal against an acquittal (that is, a courts failure to convict a person for an offence). Prosecution appeals are most commonly against the sentences imposed for an offence and they are always made on the basis that the sentence is manifestly inadequate, meaning too lenient.

If you, or a family member, have been wrongly convicted, or sentenced too harshly, or if your sentence has been appealed by a prosecuting agency or the government, you should obtain legal advice, and representation, as soon as possible. Strict time limits apply to the filing of appeals. Armstrong Legal’s team of experienced criminal lawyers stand ready to advise and assist you in relation to the appeals process in Queensland.

If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.

Michelle Makela

This article was written by Michelle Makela

Michelle has over 15 years experience in the legal industry, working across commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning.  Michelle has been involved in all practice areas of the firm and in her personal practice has had experience in litigation at all levels (State and Federal Industrial Tribunals, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, Federal...

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