If you as a party are not satisfied with the decision of the district court you may appeal against the decision to the Court of Appeal.
If you want to appeal you have to do so in writing and submit the appeal papers to the district court within three weeks of the date when the judgment was pronounced. Depending on the sentence, you may need to receive a special permit from the Court of Appeal in order to have your appeal accepted for consideration. When a decision has been appealed against, there is often a new hearing in the Court of Appeal. In certain simple cases, however, the Court of Appeal can decide the case without holding a hearing.
You can appeal against a decision of a Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court will only review cases where a decision may be useful as a guide to future action (known as ‘precedent‘) or where a review is deemed absolutely necessary, for example, because a district court or a Court of Appeal has made a serious error.
If you want to appeal you shall do so in writing and the appeal papers shall be delivered to the Court of Appeal. It shall have arrived at the court within four weeks of the date when the judgment was pronounced.
As a party you have the right to receive a written notice of the content of the judgment as promptly as possible. If you are not a party you have to contact the court to receive information about the content of the judgement.
In general you have the right to interpretation of documents. The court may, if required, provide for the translation of documents filed with or dispatched from the court. You may have to contact the court and ask for this service. The interpretation and translation are free of charge.
If conditional or provisional release of the offender is decided upon you do not have the right to intervene upon such decision. You do, however, have the right to be informed about the release by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service.
You cannot be represented by a legal counsel (1) at public expense. The counsel’s assignment to help you ends when the hearing is over. You may though be represented by a legal counsel at your own cost, or if you are eligible for legal aid part of your cost will be met by the State.
If you want a support person after the sentencing of the offender you have to contact of the voluntary organisations in this field, for example one of the victim support centres or women’s shelters - Women’s and Girls Shelters in Sweden, Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Centres (SKR), etc.
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