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Prof Richard Vogler, Dr Lucy Welsh, Dr Liz McDonnell and Dr Susann Wiedlitzka have successfully responded to a call to conduct research on behalf of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). The CCRC sought suitably qualified contractors to explore the effects of Legal Aid changes on applicant representation. The CCRC will report any relevant findings to the appropriate public bodies and agencies as part of its remit to disseminate such information to key stakeholders to improve the criminal justice system and prevent miscarriages of justice.
The project is in its early stages but funding has been secured to scope the available data, from which in depth qualitative research will be conducted to provide a holistic overview of the effect of changes to Legal Aid in criminal appeals of this nature. The project will aim to explore levels of legal representation, the quality of applications being made to the CCRC and the use of evidence in such applications.
(This information was taken from the University of Sussex website on 31 July 2017.)