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After Court

You can still get help and support after a court case has ended

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What should I expect after a trial?

After the trial, the Witness Care Unit will tell you the outcome of your case. If the defendant is found:

  • not guilty, this means the charge against the defendant couldn't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
  • guilty, the judge or magistrates will decide on their sentence.

If the defendant appeals against their conviction or sentence, you'll be told about the appeal and its outcome.

The prosecutor can also appeal the sentence if they do not think it is sufficient. 

If a defendant is found not guilty then the prosecutor cannot appeal this.

An individual can’t appeal against a sentence or a not guilty verdict. The prosecutor can appeal a sentence on your behalf. You can contact the Director of Public Prosecutions about a sentence within 28 days and let them know your concerns.

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