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Facts and figures

Learn more about the activity of the CCRC and its case work since we started work in April 1997.

CCRC in numbers (April 1997 to September 2022)

  • 29, 252 applications received (including all ineligible cases)
  • 28,365 cases completed
  • 800 cases referred to appeal
  • 776 appeals heard by the courts
  • 544 appeals allowed
    217 dismissed
  • 736 cases under review
    151 awaiting consideration

Casework policies

See our casework policies and procedures for information on several important areas relating to casework carried out by the CCRC.

Casework timelines

All cases

We aim to complete a minimum of 85% of cases within 12 months of receiving the application.

The graph shows the position at the end of August 2022 when 84.55% of cases were applicants in custody (in blue), and 75.59% of cases were applicants are at liberty (in brown). The target is 85%.

Cases allocated for review

We aim to make a decision within 30 weeks of a case review beginning (for example, from when a case is allocated to a Case Review Manager).

The graph shows the position as at the end of August 2022, when the average time taken for a review of the case of an applicant in custody (in blue) was just over 30 weeks. For cases involving applicants at liberty (in brown) it was just under 45 weeks.

The target was revised in April 2022 as the 36 week target was consistently achieved in 2021/22, with a number of long running cases closed during the year.

Long-running cases

We count a case as long running if it has been under review for more than 24 months. We pay close attention to such cases to ensure that they are not taking longer than is justifiable.

The graph shows the percentage of cases categorised as long running at the end of August 2022 and breaks them down by cases where the applicants are at liberty (shown in red) and in custody (shown in blue).

Our target is for long running cases (cases under review for 2 years or more) to represent less than 5% of all open applications at the end of the month.

See graph data for long running cases

April 2020 – All Cases 10.30%, Custody Cases 3.98%, Liberty Cases 6.32%

May 2020 – All Cases 11.83%, Custody Cases 4.47%, Liberty Cases 7.36%

June 2020 – All Cases 8.60%, Custody Cases 4.37%, Liberty Cases 4.23%

July 2020 – All Cases 7.39%, Custody Cases 4.22%, Liberty Cases 3.17%

August 2020 – All Cases 7.42%, Custody Cases 4.14%, Liberty Cases 3.28%

September 2020 – All Cases 7.43%, Custody Cases 3.99%, Liberty Cases 3.44%

October 2020 – All Cases 7.42%, Custody Cases 4.06%, Liberty Cases 3.36%

November 2020 – All Cases 7.64%, Custody Cases 4.11%, Liberty Cases 3.52%

December 2020 – All Cases 6.48%, Custody Cases 3.72%, Liberty Cases 2.76%

January 2021 – All Cases 5.85%, Custody Cases 3.40%, Liberty Cases 2.45%

February 2021 – All Cases 6.11%, Custody Cases 3.55%, Liberty Cases 2.56%

March 2021 – All Cases 5.96%, Custody Cases 3.4%, Liberty Cases 2.49%

April 2021 – All Cases 5.73%, Custody Cases 3.47%, Liberty Cases 2.27%

May 2021 – All Cases 5.71%, Custody Cases 3.37%, Liberty Cases 2.33%

June 2021 – All Cases 5.49%, Custody Cases 3.12%, Liberty Cases 2.37%

July 2021 – All Cases 6.01%, Custody Cases 3.56%, Liberty Cases 2.45%

August 2021 – All Cases 5.58%, Custody Cases 3.15%, Liberty Cases 2.42%

September 2021 – All Cases 5.68%, Custody Cases 3.03%, Liberty Cases 2.65%

October 2021 – All Cases 5.83%, Custody Cases 2.78%, Liberty Cases 3.05%

November 2021 -– All Cases 5.84%, Custody Cases 2.79%, Liberty Cases 3.05%

December 2021– All Cases 7.02%, Custody Cases 3.05%, Liberty Cases 3.97%

January 2022 – All Cases 7.54%, Custody Cases 3.17%, Liberty Cases 4.37%

February 2022 – All Cases 6.99%, Custody Cases 3.23%, Liberty Cases 3.76%

March 2022 – All Cases 6.24%, Custody Cases 3.26%, Liberty Cases 2.99%

April 2022 – All Cases 6.43%, Custody Cases 3.67%, Liberty Cases 2.76%

May 2022 – All Cases 6.73%, Custody Cases 3.81%, Liberty Cases 2.92%

June 2022 – All Cases 6.62%, Custody Cases 3.75%, Liberty Cases 2.87%

July 2022 – All Cases 6.02%, Custody Cases 3.61%, Liberty Cases 2.41%

August 2022 – All Cases 5.94%, Custody Cases 3.38%, Liberty Cases 2.56%

September 2022 – All Cases 5.64%, Custody Cases 3.38%, Liberty Cases 2.25%,

The difference between the total number of CCRC referrals heard by the appeal courts and the number of outcomes recorded is accounted for by cases where the appeal proceedings have been heard but the judgement is awaited and a number of cases that were referred by the CCRC but the appeal was abandoned.

More performance indicators

The image shows the Commission’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for September 2021 to September 2022.