This week retired, Welsh, international rugby player, Gareth Thomas, went public with his decision to agree that the police should use restorative justice to deal with teenagers who were responsible for what has been described as a homophobic attack...
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.