Who we are
The Criminal Cases Review Commission is the organisation set up to investigate suspected miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We have the power to refer criminal cases back to an appeal court for a fresh appeal and, if we do, the appeal court must hear the appeal.
The Commission is completely independent. We do not work for the courts, the police, the prosecution or for the people who apply for a review of their cases. We stay independent of all sides so that we can impartially investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.
We have special legal powers to obtain information from public bodies such as the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, social services, local councils and the NHS.
The Commission is based in Birmingham. We have around 90 staff, including a core of around 40 case reviewers. Twelve Commissioners are 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.
It does not cost anything to apply for a review of a case by the Commission. Applications are made in writing, usually using one of the Commission’s application forms. It is not necessary to have a lawyer to apply, but cases often involve complex legal issues and a good lawyer can help. For further information see Making an application.
- To enhance public confidence in the criminal justice system
- To give hope and bring justice to those wrongly convicted
- To contribute to reform and improvements in the law based on our experience
- 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
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