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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 November 2021)

  • 28,181 applications received (including all ineligible cases)
  • 27,426 cases completed
  • 772 cases referred to appeal
  • 763 appeals heard by the courts
  • 534 appeals allowed
    216 dismissed
  • 639 cases under review
    115 awaiting consideration

Casework policies

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

Case library

See our case library to find out about cases referred to court and the outcome.

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 2021 when 88.76% of cases were applicants in custody (in brown), and 77% of cases were applicants are at liberty (in green), with all cases completed within 12 months in blue.

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 2021, when the average time taken for a review of the case of an applicant in custody was 28.6 weeks. For cases involving applicants at liberty it was just over 33 weeks.

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 number and age of cases categorised as long running at the end of August 2021 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%

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). You can see a full definition of each KPI and details of each KPI in an accessible format in Appendix 2 of the Commission’s current business plan.