Can I appeal against a sentence or if the defendant is declared not guilty?
The trial concludes with a court decision convicting or acquitting the defendant. If the defendant is guilty the judge will sentence him/her. According to Maltese law only the defendant and the Attorney General have the right to appeal against the conviction/acquittal and/or the sentence before the Court of Criminal Appeal.
However, if an appeal has been submitted and you have been a civil party during the first trial your lawyer will be allowed to check all the relevant documents related to the appeal procedure.
Is further appeal possible?
The decision of the Court of Criminal Appeal cannot be further appealed.
What rights do I have after the court sentence enters into force?
After the sentence enters into force you will receive a copy of the court decision. If the offender was sentenced to imprisonment you can ask the police for more information about the conditions under which the offender will serve the sentence. The police may refuse to provide such information if it has been made confidential because of security concerns.
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