A defendant convicted of a misdemeanor or felony charge in the Superior Court after a trial is entitled to APPEAL the conviction to the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the state. The Public Defender represents indigent defendants on appeal. An appeal to the Supreme Court must be filed within 20 days of the sentencing in the Superior Court. It generally cannot be filed late and it never may be filed more than 50 days after Superior Court sentencing. There is a complicated way to obtain review by the Supreme Court if a defendant, with a good enough excuse, fails to file for an appeal in time, but it takes an attorney familiar with Supreme Court practice to do that.