Over recent months there has been much in the national press about things getting out of control in prisons. This has included, in one instance, the running of a prison having to be taken out of private hands and given back to the government. There has...
For those who have already appealed unsuccessfully we are able to make an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) providing there is merit to an application. The CCRC can consider the representations and, if satisfied that there is a real possibility that the conviction would be considered unsafe, can refer the case back to the Court of Appeal.
An application to the CCRC is not an opportunity to re run either the trial or the appeal. The commission is concerned only with the question whether or not there is new evidence or argument which gives rise to a real possibility that the Court of Appeal would quash your conviction if referred to them, or whether there are exceptional circumstances which would give rise to a real possibility.
The CCRC refers only a very small percentage of the cases it considers. Cases are referred to us by barristers, organisations and by our previous clients’ recommendations.