If you believe that you may have been wrongly convicted because of problems with the Horizon computer system, you can consider challenging your conviction.
The CCRC can help if you pleaded guilty in a magistrates’ court or have already tried to appeal and been unsuccessful.
We have referred 62 Post Office Horizon cases to the appeal courts, with convictions in 56 of these being overturned. For further information on challenging Post Office convictions, read the CCRC’s guide here
I have nothing but praise for the work the CCRC did for me and my ex-colleagues. If you are in a similar situation where you know you have been wrongly convicted, I urge you to contact them.
Mr H – successful Post Office applicant
How to start your application
- Ring the CCRC helpline on 0300 456 2669 if you have any questions – our team is ready to help you
- Complete the CCRC’s application form at https://ccrc.gov.uk/how-to-apply/
The story to date
Since April 2021 the appeal courts have overturned convictions in more than 70 Post Office Horizon cases.
These were convictions of former sub-postmasters, managers or counter assistants in Post Office branches, who had been convicted of, or who had pleaded guilty to offences including theft, fraud and false accounting.
In each of the cases the court decided that it had been unfair to prosecute the individual because there were serious defects in the Post Office’s Horizon computer system.
Guilty plea in Magistrates' Court case is latest Horizon referral.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred its 60th Post Office case to the appeal courts.
The CCRC is writing to a further 88 potential Post Office applicants with details of how to apply to have their convictions reviewed
The CCRC has today welcomed a proposal from the Post Office for the CCRC to directly contact those subpostmasters and subpostmistresses convicted as part of the Horizon IT system failings.
As the independent public inquiry begins into the failings of the Post Office Horizon IT system, the CCRC is urging any former subpostmasters and submistresses who believe they were wrongfully convicted to come forward.
Six further ‘Post Office’ cases have been referred by the CCRC. The cases of Mohammed Aslam, Amanda Barber, Norman Barber, Anthony Gant, Balbir Grewal and David Hughes, will be heard at Southwark Crown Court at a date yet to be confirmed.
13 September 2021
The convictions of two further ‘Post Office’ applicants, Mrs Adedayo and Mr Kalia, have today been quashed at Southwark Crown Court.
14 May 2021
The Court of Appeal has today (Friday 23 April) quashed the convictions in 39 Post Office cases after they were referred for appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
23 April 2021
Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the cases of a further four former Post Office workers for appeal.
20 January 2021
Eight more Post Office cases to be referred by the CCRC bringing the total to 47 so far
3 June 2020
The Criminal Cases Review Commission has so far decided to refer for appeal the convictions of 39 Post Office applicants.
26 March 2020
Court of Appeal judgements
Two key Court of Appeal judgements have been handed down in the Post Office Horizon cases. These are Robert Ambrose and Others v Post Office Ltd on October 7 2021 and Josephine Hamilton and Others v Post Office Ltd on 23 April 2021