Rolf Harris Appeal – Single Judge says 'no' …

Rolf Harris Appeal – Single Judge says 'no' …


The case of Rolf Harris has been given plenty of media attention (our piece here has links back to our full coverage). He is currently serving his 5¾ year sentence, but has asked the Court of Appeal to review his conviction (and presumably his sentence as well).

The process of an appeal from the Crown Court is set out here. In essence, the paper application are put in front of a High Court Judge who will either grant or refuse permission to appeal. If s/he refuses permission, then the applicant can renew his application to the ‘Full Court’.

On 31st October 2014 Rolf lost the first round in his attempt to appeal – the High Court Judge refused his application for permission to appeal. This is a set back for him, but perhaps not a surprise. We will have to see whether Mr Harris renews his application.

At the moment, the grounds of appeal haven’t been made public, so we have no way of knowing what they are, and how strong they may be.

Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.


  1. We don’t (yet). You can probably ring the High Court and they may tell you. If there is a renewed application, then that Judge will probably be named.

  2. In civil cases, permission to appeal can be refused on the papers and the phrase “totally without merit” used, with the effect that there is no right to an oral hearing of a renewal of the application for permission to appeal. Does this also apply to criminal and family appeals?

  3. I don’t know about family, but in crime there is always the right to renew. The sting in the tail is that there is the possibility of a ‘loss of time’ direction – the Court can direct that some of the time spent on remand wouldn’t count.