17. If you apply for legal aid you are normally obliged to submit a statement of means, but a court may waive this requirement if it appears that you are, by reason of your physical or mental condition, incapable of making one. Legal aid may be granted subject to a down-payment being made on account of any contribution which the court may subsequently make. The decision whether to make a contribution order is dependent on your means. It is not dependent upon the outcome of the appeal; an order may be made if it appears to the court that you have the means to pay a contribution towards the costs. If you are under the age of 16, both you and an appropriate contributor (mother, father or putative father) may be required to complete a statement of means and to make a contribution towards the cost of the appeal. Persons financially responsible for applicants under the age of 18, but who are not appropriate contributors, may be required to complete a statement of means, and may have their resources taken into account for the purpose of assessing any contribution towards the costs of the legal aid.
18. You may apply to the Court of Appeal for legal aid to advise you about possible grounds of appeal and, if such grounds exist, for representation at the hearing of the appeal. If you were legally aided in the Crown Court then you will be entitled to advice on possible grounds of appeal and assistance in giving notice of an application and in other preliminary matters. If such advice has not been given you should write to the solicitor concerned and ask for it, before the normal period of giving notice of application for leave to appeal. If, therefore, you wish to appeal, or think you may have grounds to appeal you must ensure that notice is given to the Court of Criminal ppeal within that time, whether or not you have applied to a solicitor for advice and assistance. If you were not legally aided in the Crown Court, or dismissed your legal advisers before the case was concluded, you may apply to the Court of Appeal for legal aid, limited to the giving of advice on possible grounds of appeal, and assistance in the preparation of the necessary applications. An unassisted applicant may seek advice and assistance from a solicitor under the “green form” scheme, which permits a solicitor to give advice up the value of £40 to a person who is financially eligible.
19. You may apply to the trial judge if he has certified that the case is fit for appeal, or the Court of Appeal, to be admitted to bail pending the determination of this appeal.
20. You are entitled to be present, if you desire it, on the hearing of your appeal, except where you are subject to detention and the appeal is on some ground involving a question of law alone, or when the appeal is against a finding of disability or a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. You are not entitled to be present on the hearing of your application for leave to appeal, or on any proceedings preliminary or incidental to an appeal.
21. Any application for leave of appeal, or for extension of time, or other application preliminary to the appeal may be decided by a single judge of the court, and the appellant will be informed of his decision. If, in the event of a judge refusing your application, you do not desire to have the application determined by the full Court of Appeal, or do not serve the Application on the Registrar for determination by the Court of Appeal, the refusal of your application by the Judge is final.
22. You may abandon your appeal by giving notice to the Registrar. Under Part 65.13 of the Criminal Procedure Rules, upon such notice being given, the appeal shall be deemed to have been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.