Turkey has adjusted criminal and civil appeal periods to 15 days from the date a decision is notified to the parties, applying to decisions issued from 5 August 2017 onward. The changes extend the criminal appeal period (previously seven days), but tighten the appeal period offered in the civil context (previously one month).

The changes were introduced by Law number 7035 published in Official Gazette number 7035 on 5 August 2017 (“Law”).

The Law amended:

  • Article 271 of the Code of Criminal Procedure number 5271, and
  • Article 361 of the Code of Civil Procedure number 6100.

Please see the link for full text of the Law (only available in Turkish).