Commission publishes its Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18

The latest Annual Report and Accounts of the Criminal Cases Review Commission has been published today.

The Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 sets out facts and figures in relation to the performance and finances of the independent public body established 1997 to investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.

The Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts was laid before both Houses of Parliament today, 5th July. Copies can be seen and downloaded free of charge on the CCRC website here.

This press release was issued by Criminal Cases Review Commission. We can be contacted on 0121 233 1473 or at


  1. The CCRC’s Annual Report and Accounts was laid before Parliament in pursuance of paragraph 8(3) of Schedule 1 to the The Criminal Appeal Act 1995 and by the Comptroller and Auditor General in pursuance of paragraph 9(4) of Schedule 1 to that Act. It is also presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly under paragraph 8(4) of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 by the Department of Justice.
  2. The Commission is an independent body set up under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. It is responsible for reviewing suspected and alleged miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is based in Birmingham and is funded by the Ministry of Justice.
  3. There are currently nine Commissioners who bring to the Commission considerable experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. Commissioners are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.
  1. The Commission usually receives around 1,400 applications for reviews (convictions and/or sentences) each year.  Around 3.4%, or one in 30 of all applications to the Commission are referred to the appeal courts.
  1. The Commission considers whether, as a result of new evidence or argument, there is a real possibility that the conviction would not be upheld were a reference to be made.  New evidence or argument is argument or evidence which has not been raised during the trial or on appeal.  Applicants should usually have appealed first. A case can be referred in the absence of new evidence or argument or an earlier appeal only if there are “exceptional circumstances”.
  1. If a case is referred, it is then for the appeal court to decide whether the conviction is unsafe or the sentence unfair.