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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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How do I apply?

We need to receive a form from an applicant (or submitted on their behalf) to start our investigation.

The form is not a test and we have tried to make it as easy as we can.


Fill in the online form setting out your application.

When you submit the online form you will get an email saying we have received it, usually within 5 working days. After that, you can still send additional documents.

You can’t save the online form and come back to it, so please read through the PDF version and collect all your information before filling it in.

In the post

You can download and print off the PDF application form and send it to us in the post.

Alternatively, you can contact us and ask us to send the form to you directly. You can telephone us on 0300 456 2669 or send an email to

If you fill out a paper application form you must sign it before sending it back to us.

Before applying, please remember…

· You must have been convicted in a criminal court in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

· There must be new evidence or a new legal argument not already heard by the court

· You can ask us to look at your conviction, your sentence, or both

· This is your chance to tell us everything you think is wrong with your conviction or sentence

· Someone else can apply for you. If so, we will contact you to check that you want us to investigate your case

The application process