Wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice
The Criminal Cases Review Commission is an independent public body that was set up in March 1997 by the 1995 Criminal Appeal Act. 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 assesses whether convictions or sentences should be referred to a court of appeal
The Commission is based in Birmingham and has about 100 staff, including a core of about 50 caseworkers, supported by administrative staff.
There are nine 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.
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
- 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