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Abandonment — to give up or stop and appeal or application. You must file a Form 30 — Notice of abandonment of appeal or application.
Acquittal — a judgment that a person is not guilty of a criminal offence.
Appeal — a procedure where a court decision is reviewed by a higher court.
Appellant — the person who appeals a lower court’s decision to a higher court.
Comparable sentences — sentences given to others for the same or similar crime.
Conviction — a judgment or verdict that a person is guilty of an offence.
Court of Appeal — the court that hears appeals from the Supreme and District Courts, usually comprising of three Supreme Court judges.
Filing — the process where documents are accepted by a court. The court often stamps its seal on the filed document as evidence it was received.
Head sentence — the maximum sentence to be served, eg two years’ jail, suspended after nine months. In this example two years is the head sentence.
Judgment — the court’s decision about your matter.
Prosecutor — the person who brings a court action against another, usually only used for criminal proceedings.
Quash — to overturn or set aside, eg to quash a conviction.
Registry — the part of the court where all documents are filed.
Sentence — the penalty for committing an offence.