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What if the offender appeals to the Court of Appeal, or an application or appeal is made to the UK Supreme Court in a criminal case on a point of law?

You are entitled to:

  • be told that the offender has been given leave to appeal within 5 working days of the Witness Care Unit receiving that information from the court. If you are a victim of the most serious crime, persistently targeted or vulnerable or intimidated you are entitled to receive this information within 1 working day;
  • receive information about the date, time and location of any hearing from the Witness Care Unit within 1 working day of them receiving the information from the court;
  • be told by the Witness Care Unit if the offender is to be released on bail before the appeal or if the bail conditions have varied within 1 working day of them receiving this information from the court;
  • receive an update from the Witness Care Unit on any changes to hearing dates within 1 working day of receiving this information from the court;
  • be provided, by your Witness Care Unit, with a contact point for the Criminal Appeal Office or UK Supreme Court staff;
  • be told about the result of the appeal within 5 working days of the Witness Care Unit receiving that information from the court. This includes any changes to the original sentence. If you are a victim of the most serious crime, persistently targeted or vulnerable or intimidated you are entitled to receive this information within 1 working day;
  • wait and be seated in court in an area separate from the appellant and their family and friends. The court staff will ensure this is done wherever possible. It is rare for the offender to attend hearings in the Supreme Court.

Special arrangements will be made for you if the offender is present and you do not wish to sit in the courtroom;

  • request a copy from the Criminal Appeal Office or UK Supreme Court staff of the court's judgment in the case once it has been published.

Following grant of leave to appeal, if you are a bereaved close relative, in a qualifying case, you are entitled to be offered a meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service to explain the nature of the appeal and the court processes.

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