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186 Appeals against sentence only.S

(1)An appeal under section [F1175(2)(b), (c) or (cza)][F2or (cb)] , or by virtue of section 175(4), of this Act shall be by note of appeal, which shall state the ground of appeal.

(2)The note of appeal shall, where the appeal is—

(a)under section [F1175(2)(b), (c) or (cza)][F2or (cb)] be lodged, within one week of—

(i)the passing of the sentence;F3. . .

(ii)the making of the order disposing of the case or deferring sentence[F4; or

(iii)in the case of an appeal under section 175(2)(cb), the date on which it is proposed that a reference be made]

with the clerk of the court from which the appeal is to be taken; or

(b)by virtue of section 175(4) be so lodged within four weeks of such passing or making.

(3)The clerk of court on receipt of the note of appeal shall—

(a)send a copy of the note to the respondent or his solicitor; and

(b)obtain a report from the judge who sentenced the convicted person or, as the case may be, who disposed of the case or deferred sentence.

(4)Subject to subsection (5) below, the clerk of court shall within two weeks of the passing of the sentence or within two weeks of the disposal or order against which the appeal is taken—

(a)send to the Clerk of Justiciary the note of appeal, together with the report mentioned in subsection (3)(b) above, a certified copy of the complaint, the minute of proceedings and any other relevant documents; and

(b)send copies of that report to the appellant and respondent or their solicitors.

(5)[F5The sheriff principal of the sheriffdom in which the judgment was pronounced may, on cause shown,] extend the period of two weeks specified in subsection (4) above for such period as he considers reasonable.

(6)Subject to subsection (4) above, the report mentioned in subsection (3)(b) above shall be available only to the High Court, the parties and, on such conditions as may be prescribed by Act of Adjournal, such other persons or classes of persons as may be so prescribed.

(7)Where the judge’s report is not furnished within the period mentioned in subsection (4) above or such period as extended under subsection (5) above, the High Court may extend such period, or, if it thinks fit, hear and determine the appeal without the report.

(8)Section 181 of this Act shall apply where an appellant fails to comply with the requirement of subsection (2)(a) above as they apply where an applicant fails to comply with any of the requirements of section 176(1) of this Act.

(9)An appellant under section [F1175(2)(b), (c) or (cza)][F2or (cb)] , or by virtue of section 175(4), of this Act may at any time prior to the hearing of the appeal abandon his appeal by minute, signed by himself or his solicitor, lodged—

(a)in a case where the note of appeal has not yet been sent under subsection (4)(a) above to the Clerk of Justiciary, with the clerk of court;

(b)in any other case, with the Clerk of Justiciary,

and intimated to the respondent.

(10)Sections 176(5), 177 and 182(5)(a) to (e) of this Act shall apply to appeals under section [F1175(2)(b), (c) or (cza)][F2or (cb)] , or by virtue of section 175(4), of this Act as they apply to appeals under section 175(2)(a) or (d) of this Act, except that, for the purposes of such application to any appeal by virtue of section 175(4), references in subsections (1) to (4) of section 177 to the appellant shall be construed as references to the convicted person and subsections (6) and (7) of that section shall be disregarded.

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