How to defend yourself

Extraordinary remedies


The extraordinary remedies are an exceptional means of defence as they are used against decisions which have already become final. They may therefore be used only on a number of grounds, the list of which is significantly limited by law. If an extraordinary appeal is to have any chance of success, it must be precisely reasoned. 

The Code of Criminal Procedure provides for three such remedies: an extraordinary appeal, a complaint for the violation of law, and a new trial. Each is designed for a different situation corresponding to the different time limits for filing them or the range of applicable grounds on which they can be based. If none of those grounds is available, the extraordinary remedy cannot be used effectively, even if the previous proceedings were vitiated by a different defect.


What ordinary remedies are applicable?