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🎥 VIDEO: Doughty Street Chambers host CCRC panel discussing our work

On May 4 2023, we were delighted to take part in a panel session at Doughty Street Chambers to discuss our work investigating potential miscarriages of justice.

The session was chaired by Paul Taylor KC, and the CCRC were represented by the CCRC’s Chairman Helen Pitcher OBE, Head of Legal John Curtis and Commissioner Rob Ward.

The event organised to mark the publication of the 3rd edition of Taylor on Appeals, which features a chapter on the CCRC’s powers and work.

Topics included – but were not limited to;

  • our relationship with the Ministry of Justice and the Court of Appeal
  • the real possibility test
  • exceptional circumstances
  • legal aid
  • legal representation
  • CCRC stimulated research.

There were also questions from the floor.

At the CCRC, we are committed to being as open and transparent as possible about our work finding and referring potentially miscarriages of justice. Events like this are a fantastic way for us to inform people about topics and trends we are seeing – but also to receive feedback.

While we are restricted by law in what we can say about ongoing cases, conversations like these with the legal sector are absolutely vital to our work – and if you have any feedback to this recording, we would welcome it at

To help understand our work we would encourage you to watch the entire video, but the below relates to two topics addressed during the seminar about the real possibility test and our advice to potential applicants.

On the ‘real possibility test’ (see 29 minutes)

Our advice to potential applicants (see 36 minutes)