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CBA Lecture: CCRC – A Practitioner’s Guide to its Powers, Processes and Decisions

Tuesday 5th April

18.00 – 18.45

The Criminal Cases Review Commission – A Practitioner’s Guide to its Powers, Processes and Decisions

This 45-minute presentation will cover the CCRC’s unique range of investigatory powers and the application of the ‘real possibility’ test for a fresh appeal.

This year, the CCRC celebrates its 25 years of independently reviewing potential miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

John Curtis is Head of Legal at the CCRC and in a 45-minute presentation will explain how the Commission operates and how it can refer convictions (summary and indictable) to the appellate courts.

The CCRC’s focus is often on finding and evaluating fresh evidence but referrals can also be based on excessive sentences and points of law. Themes in case reviews and references include new scientific evidence, non-disclosure, misconduct by investigators and new witnesses. The Commission’s statutory powers also allow it to access sensitive material that is not routinely available to representatives, to undertake investigations into jurors’ conduct for the Court of Appeal and to assist the Secretary of State in matters connected with the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.

This session will be of interest to anyone concerned with correcting miscarriages of justice and making applications to the Commission. There will be opportunities for discussion as well as to ask questions.

Registration is required via the CBA administrator and is free of charge.


Silk £0.00
+7 Years £0.00
-7 Years £0.00
Pupil £0.00
Non Member £0.00

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