Legal words explained
This page explains some common legal words
A person charged with a crime is called an accused in the Supreme and County Courts (and a defendant in the Magistrates’ Court).
A person charged with a crime may be dissatisfied with their conviction or sentence or with a particular ruling by the magistrate or judge hearing the matter; they can apply or appeal to a higher court to have that conviction, sentence or ruling altered.
A convicted offender who has been granted leave to appeal, and is now appealing.
A convicted offender who is applying for leave to appeal.
The first appearance of an accused before a judge where the charges are read and the plea recorded.