Can I appeal against a sentence or if the defendant is declared not guilty?
Once the trial is over your lawyer will receive a copy of the court decision. With the permission of the court he/she may share this copy with you.
If the public prosecutor has claimed damages on your behalf and the court has decided on that claim you will be notified and will receive a copy of the court decision. The notification and the copy of the decision will be in Danish.
You cannot appeal against the conviction/acquittal of the defendant or against the penalty imposed by the court. You can only appeal against the court decision regarding the claim for compensation, if such a claim has been submitted. Such an appeal is not part of the criminal proceedings and has to be submitted according to rules of civil procedure. The deadlines for appeal are:
- four weeks when you appeal against a decision of a County Court before the High Court;
eight weeks when you appeal against a decision of the High Court before the Supreme Court.
Is further appeal possible?
Further appeal is possible before the Supreme Court but the right to appeal belongs only to the defendant and the public prosecutor.
What rights do I have after the court sentence enters into force?
After the entry into force of the court sentence your role in the proceedings is generally over. Danish law does not provide victims of crime with the right to receive notification about the release of the perpetrator or to make a statement when a decision on the early release of the offender is being discussed.
- Administration of Justice Act (Lovbekendtgørelse nr. 1053 af 29/10/2009 Retsplejeloven) – in Danish
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