An overview of the different kinds of parole and the appeals process.
Sentences of imprisonment are usually split into a non-parole period and the balance of the term.
This is the minimum amount of time that an offender will be kept imprisoned before being eligible to be released on parole.
Certain specified serious offences have standard non-parole periods set in legislation.
An appeal against conviction means that the offender, known as the appellant in the appeal case, is arguing that he or she did not commit the offence for which he/she was found guilty.
The Director of Public Prosecutions can appeal against a sentence on the grounds that it is inadequate or too lenient.An offender can also appeal on the grounds that the sentence imposed was too severe.An appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal from a sentence imposed in the District Court or the Supreme Court will only be successful if the sentencing judge is found to have committed a legal error, including imposing a sentence that was manifestly lenient or excessive.