Find answers to our most common queries about the application process and how we keep in touch.
Your questions answered
We will use our special legal powers to get the information we think we need to review a case. We may use any information to review a case. We will always be very careful about releasing sensitive information to anyone outside the CCRC.
We do deal with the cases of people in prison before those of people who are out of prison or who didn’t go to prison. If you received a life sentence and are out on licence, we will treat you in the same way that we would treat someone who is in custody.
We also deal with cases of people under 21 as a priority.
There may be special reasons why a particular case should be looked at more urgently. These special reasons can be things like concerns about the health of the person applying, a serious illness affecting a potentially important witness, or something affecting how long evidence may last. The time to tell us about any special reasons in your case will usually be after we have written to you to say we will be reviewing your case.
All have been chosen because of their experience. All have proven ability to make important decisions in complicated matters. Commissioners are appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister.
We do not usually receive visitors at the CCRC office. If we decide that we do need to meet you, we will agree the meeting in advance.
You can complain up to three months after we have closed your case. We will look at how the CCRC has behaved. We cannot review your case again under the formal complaint process.
If you think that there is something wrong with the way we made our decision, you can apply to the Administrative Court for judicial review. You do not have to complain to us before doing this. You should be aware that there are time limits in the judicial review processes.
You should seek independent legal advice before pursuing this route.
You can reapply to the CCRC. If you have some significant new evidence or argument
which has not been considered at trial, on appeal or in any earlier applications to the CCRC you can make a reapplication. You will need to complete a new form to tell us what is new.
You also need to tell us why it wasn’t included in your earlier application.