Appeals against sentence and conviction form a vital part of our expertise. Members of Chambers are often contacted to review criminal proceedings which have resulted in convictions or high sentences. Such review requires the Barrister to read and carefully consider the evidence presented at trial in order to assess if there is a chance of a successful appeal and, if so, to determine what grounds are the strongest to present to the appellant court.
Guardian Chambers Barristers are extremely experienced in assessing the grounds of appeal and are known for their thorough written submissions which have to be filed into the appeal court well before the hearing takes place. Members of Chambers have a keen eye for detail to determine what legal submissions should be made and when factual issues require supportive documentation like affidavits from clients and other potential witnesses.
Senior members of Chambers have wide experience of appearing before Judges in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. We are not only acutely aware of the importance of clear and succinct arguments on points of law and fact but also well acquainted with the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Rules which means that appeals run smoothly and are not unnecessarily delayed.
Appeals can be taken from the District Court to the High Court or from the High Court to the Court of Appeal and, in some instances, from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court. Appeals can be against a sentence which is considered manifestly excessive or against a conviction where it can be argued there was a real risk of a miscarriage of justice.
The Barristers of Guardian Chambers find very few things more satisfying than securing a successful appeal and either having a conviction set aside or giving a client another chance to clear their name at trial.