When someone is sentenced in the magistrates’ courts, they are entitled to appeal against their sentence to the Crown Court. From the Crown Court, a convicted defendant is entitled to apply for permission to appeal against their sentence to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) but is not entitled to appeal.

In 2019, there were 3,432 appeals against sentence to the Crown Court from magistrates’ courts; of these, 1,705 appeals (50%) were allowed. In 2018-19, the Court of Appeal received 3,356 sentencing appeal applications and in 672 cases (20%) the appeal was allowed.

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