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Appealing a New South Wales court decision    


You may have a right of appeal against a sentence or order. You should get legal advice before lodging any appeal.

There is usually 28 days to lodge an appeal (in some cases, notice of intention to appeal) against a decision of a court.

After the 28 days, you may be able to seek leave to appeal.

Appealing Local Court decisions

Appeals against decisions of the local court are determined by review in the local court or by an appeal heard in the district court, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Appealing District Court decisions

Appeals against decisions in the district court are determined by the Court of Criminal Appeal or the Court of Appeal.

Appealing Supreme Court decisions

Appeals may be lodged against the decisions of the Supreme Court of NSW in the High Court of Australia. There is no automatic right to have an appeal heard by the high court.

Parties who wish to appeal must persuade the high court, in a preliminary hearing, that special reasons exist. Decisions of the high court on appeals are final.


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