About the Criminal Cases Review Commission

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is an independent public body that was set up in March 1997 by the  Criminal Appeal Act 1995. Our purpose is to review possible miscarriages of justice in the criminal courts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and refer appropriate cases to the appeal courts.

The Commission is based in Birmingham and has about 90 staff, including a core of about 50 caseworkers, supported by administrative staff.

There are eleven Commissioners, appointed in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice. They work with the Senior Management Team to ensure the Commission runs efficiently.

We are completely independent and impartial and do not represent the prosecution or the defence.

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Our vision

To enhance public confidence in the criminal justice system, to give hope and bring justice to those wrongly convicted, and based on our experience to contribute to reform and improvements in the law

Our values

  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Impartiality
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

Our aims

  • To investigate cases as quickly as possible and with thoroughness and care
  • To work constructively with our stakeholders and to the highest standards of quality
  • To treat applicants, and anyone affected by our work, with courtesy, respect and consideration
  • To promote public understanding of the Commission’s role

Below are figures to the end of February 2015 

Total applications:           19028

Cases waiting:                 649

Cases under review:       814

Completed:                     17565 (incl. ineligible), 577 referrals

Heard by CoA:                 548 (378 quashed, 154 upheld) 

Triennial Review 

The Ministry of Justice's completed report on the Triennial Review of the CCRC was published on June 6th 2013.

Triennial Review 


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