How much does it cost to appeal a criminal sentence or conviction?
Appeal against conviction and sentence from Magistrates to Crown Court £1950 – includes attendance at Crown Court.
Appeal against sentence from Crown Court to Court of Appeal – Drafting an advice – fees £1000 to £1500. The fee will depend on number of charges on the the indictment and does not include attendance at Court of Appeal.
Appeal against conviction and sentence from Crown Court to Court of Appeal – Drafting an advice – fees start at £1500+. The fee will depend on the number of charges on the the indictment, length of the trial, any co-defendants and does not include attendance at Court of Appeal.
Many people are surprised to learn that the cost of an appeal (particularly via the direct access scheme) is usually very much less than the legal costs incurred up to that point.
There are two reasons for this:
i) the role of the Appeal Court is not to hold a retrial but it is rather to review the decision made by the Trial Judge in the light of the grounds of appeal submitted to the Court, that means that cases are much shorter. Most appeals do not involve evidence from witnesses, or consideration of all the documentation from the trial.
ii) the appeal (except in rare cases where new evidence is allowed) allows the appeal barrister to use only the materials which have already been utilised at the trial. The costs incurred before the trial in e.g. disclosure of documents, instructing expert witnesses, and obtaining witness statements, are not repeated during the appeal.