Can I appeal from the Magistrates Court to the Crown Court?
Yes. The right of appeal to the Crown Court from the Magistrates is absolute and the hearing is de novo in that it involves a complete rehearing of the original trial before a crown Court judge and two magistrates. Experience tells that in a contested case chances of acquittal are often better in the Crown Court on appeal than before the Magistrates where there is a higher conviction rate.
POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014