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Applying for the CCRC to review a case
Anyone can apply if they believe they have been wrongly convicted of a criminal offence or wrongly sentenced in a criminal court in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Before you apply, we strongly recommend that you read about the CCRC’s application process. This will help you to understand how we work and how to make the best application possible.
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Academic research

The CCRC seeks to stimulate serious independent academic research that will benefit the criminal justice system.

In doing so, the CCRC has allowed controlled access to its casework records to assist projects exploring topics of practical use and interest.

Our completed research includes papers on;

Ongoing academic research includes;

  • Witness Testimony (Dr Rebecca Helm – Exeter University)
  • Digital Evidence (Professor Michele Burnham and others – Glasgow University) 

Interested in proposing a research project to the CCRC?

Anyone interested in proposing an academic research project to the Commission should consider the following documents:

Research process notes

Notes for submission of a full research proposal

We also recommend that you make yourself aware of existing research.

All researchers will be required to sign an appropriate confidentiality agreement before access to CCRC records can be given.