Various rights of appeal to the High Court and the Court of Appeal are available to the you, the defendant. You may be able to appeal against:

  • refusal to grant bail
  • refusal to grant name suppression or interim name suppression
  • conviction
  • sentence.

Your appeal rights will depend on the stage of the proceedings and the court jurisdiction you are in. You will need to get advice from a lawyer about your appeal options and the time frames for making an appeal.

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, s 25(h)

The right to appeal your conviction or sentence or both is protected under New Zealand's Bill of Rights.

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