Criminal Cases Review Commission
CCRC welcomes announcement of long-requested review of appeals process
The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) recently (5 August) applauded the confirmation of a wide-ranging review of the laws governing appeals for criminal cases.
The Law Commission of England and Wales has been asked by the UK Government to examine the needs for reforms to the criminal appeals system.
Helen Pitcher OBE, Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, said:
“We have called for a review into the appeals process for a number of years and look forward to working closely with the Law Commission on this vitally important appraisal.
“The CCRC is committed to finding and investigating miscarriages of justice and it is right that the appeals system is regularly and robustly scrutinised.”
The CCRC is the independent body responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Part of the Law Commission review will be an examination of the test that governs when the CCRC can refer a case to the Court of Appeal for further consideration.
You can read the full Law Commission announcement here
This press release was issued by the Communications Team, Criminal Cases Review Commission. They can be contacted by phone on: 0121 232 0900 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
- The CCRC is an independent body set up under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. It is responsible for independently reviewing suspected and alleged miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is based in Birmingham and is funded by the Ministry of Justice.
- There are currently 11 Commissioners who bring to the CCRC considerable experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. Commissioners are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.
- The CCRC usually receives around 1,400 applications for reviews (convictions and/or sentences) each year. Since starting work in 1997, the CCRC has referred around 3% of applications to the appeal courts.
- The CCRC considers whether, as a result of new evidence or argument, there is a real possibility that the conviction would not be upheld were a reference to be made. New evidence or argument is argument or evidence which has not been raised during the trial or on appeal. Applicants should usually have appealed first. A case can be referred in the absence of new evidence or argument or an earlier appeal only if there are “exceptional circumstances”.
- If a case is referred, it is then for the appeal court to decide whether the conviction is unsafe or the sentence unfair.
- More details about the role and work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission can be found at www.ccrc.gov.uk. The CCRC can be found on Twitter @ccrcupdate and Instagram the_ccrc
Latest News from
Criminal Cases Review Commission
New DNA breakthrough leads to rape and assault conviction being sent back to the Court of Appeal25/01/2023 10:20:00
As a result of scientific developments, experts instructed by the CCRC have now obtained a DNA profile on the victim’s clothing which matched another man on the National DNA Database. In light of this, the CCRC has decided that there is a real possibility that the Court of Appeal will quash the original convictions
Anti-Apartheid protesters’ historic convictions overturned by Crown Court18/01/2023 09:20:00
The historical convictions of three anti-apartheid protestors which were sent by the CCRC to the appeal courts in November of last year have been successfully overturned by the Crown Court yesterday (17 January 2023)
Post Office workers offered support on challenging Horizon convictions after 64th case is referred back to the courts14/12/2022 15:25:00
Post Office Horizon referral is 64th case referred back to Crown Court by CCRC
Concerns over three police officers’ credibility sees 1980s murder case referred back to the courts12/12/2022 13:38:00
The 1981 murder convictions of three co-defendants were recently (9 December 2022) referred to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Potential jury misdirection results in conviction being referred back to the courts08/12/2022 10:20:00
The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has referred a 2015 conviction for review by the Court of Appeal due to questions around how a judge directed the jury during the trial.
No grounds to refer murder case back to the Court of Appeal25/11/2022 12:20:00
Following a comprehensive review, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has concluded there is no real possibility that the Court of Appeal would overturn Robin Garbutt’s murder conviction.
Modern standards of fairness, and a change in expert opinion form basis of the Oliver Campbell referral to the Court of Appeal25/11/2022 09:05:00
The Criminal Cases Review Commission (“CCRC”) has referred a 1991 murder conviction to the Court of Appeal after obtaining new expert evidence about the defendant’s vulnerability.
Fraud conviction overturned after latest CCRC Post Office referral18/11/2022 10:15:00
A former post office worker has had her conviction of fraud by abuse of position overturned following a referral by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
Anti-apartheid protesters’ historic convictions referred back to the courts due to undeclared presence of an undercover police officer in group that blocked England rugby team’s bus17/11/2022 10:20:00
The Criminal Cases Review Commission (“CCRC”) has referred the historic convictions of three anti-apartheid protestors for appeal, after it came to light that the police had failed to reveal the participation of an undercover police officer to the prosecutor or court.