There are three ways in which one may approach the court in cases where you are dissatisfied with the decision of the court. You may opt to: Appeal This can be done by the accused person to a higher court than the court that has passed the judgment. If a complainant in a case is dissatisfied with the outcome, one may request the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions to appeal on his behalf in the matter. However, an appeal is only done in matters of law and not in matters of fact. For example, matters of evidence and witnesses are matters of fact, while matters of procedure and the requirements of the criminal procedure code are matters of law. Therefore, an appeal cannot be lodged because a certain witness has refused to testify or certain exhibits were not brought to court. An appeal can be lodged if the court fails to follow the law as written the statutes. This is done within 14 days of reading of the judgment in court. The result of an appeal in a criminal case is a declaratory judgment. This means that the even if the judgment favors the complainant in the criminal case; he cannot use it to claim compensation from the accused. Example: Mrs. Y beat and injured the complainant, Mr. Z, who broke his hand and went to hospital. Mrs. Y is charged with assault causing actual bodily harm but after the trial, she is acquitted. Mr. z approached the prosecution and an appeal is lodged. At the high court, the decision of the lower court is overturned and the court declares that indeed Mrs. Y was guilty of the offence and is sentenced. Mr. Z, though proved to have been injured, cannot take the judgment and claim compensation from Mrs. Y. he ca however use it in a civil case to claim compensation for his broken arm. ReviewThis is where one makes an application to the court seeking it to review its decision on a case. It can be done by either the prosecution or accused person. RevisionThis is done at the High Court, where there is an apparent error on the face of the record. For example, where there is an error in sentencing. Example: Mr. X has been charged with robbery with violence. The law prescribes that the sentence for this crime is life imprisonment. If the magistrate sentences the accused to one year imprisonment, there is an apparent error on the face of the record as the law is very clear on the sentence to be meted out for such a crime. Therefore, a revision will seek to correct the anomaly and give the correct sentence. The same is applicable when a greater sentence than recommended by law is given.