Ten years ago, Stephensons’ consultant Campbell Malone, along with a number of other leading specialist criminal appeal lawyers, helped establish the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association.
One of the reasons for doing so was a feeling at the time that there was a problem in persuading the Court of Appeal to take appeals based on fresh evidence seriously and that as a result the Criminal Cases Review Commission were reluctant to refer cases back to the Court for further consideration.
A decade later those concerns have revived to such an extent that on Saturday 21st April, the association will be holding a conference in London on the topic "Miscarriage of justice, who cares?" Speakers include Richard Foster CBE chair of the CCRC, Dr Adrian Grounds, Professor John Spencer, and QCs, Henry Blaxland and Ed Fitzgerald. Tim Owen QC will be presenting some proposed changes to the legislation relating to compensation for those wrongly convicted of a criminal offence which CALA will promote as a private members bill later in the year.
Campbell Malone will be helping chair the conference which will be attended by members of Stephensons’ specialist criminal appeals team. For further details contact a member of the team.
By criminal appeals consultant, Campbell Malone