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Downward trend in number of miscarriage of justice cases being referred continues for third year

Downward trend in number of miscarriage of justice cases being referred continues for third yearBy on 29/07/19

The miscarriage of justice watchdog referred just 13 cases back to the Court of Appeal last year, representing the second lowest number of referrals in its 22 year history. Over the first two decades the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) sent 33 cases a year on average back to the Appeal judges however the number referrals collapsed with just a dozen in 2017 and still has not recovered. Read more...


1 in 3 police files returned by prosecutors due to mistakes

1 in 3 police files returned by prosecutors due to mistakes(Posted on 23/07/19)

A third of police files prepared for prosecutors in England and Wales are being returned because of significant mistakes, often leading to delays in the court process, according to Crown Prosecution Service figures released to The Times.  33 per cent of files submitted to prosecutors in the first quarter of 2018/19 had significant errors, such as missing evidence or statements. The figure was as high as 61 per cent... Read more...


CCRC in the dock

CCRC in the dock(Posted on 16/07/19)

The first session of the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice began yesterday with the Commission for Criminal Cases Review (CCRC) up first before the panel. Chaired by former Solicitor General Lord Garnier QC and Baroness Stern, and including former chief inspector of prisons Dame Anne Owers, Michelle Nelson QC and editor-in-chief of prison journal Inside Time Erwin James, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages... Read more...


Helen's Law could keep the wrongfully convicted in jail

Helen's Law could keep the wrongfully convicted in jailBy on 11/07/19

Justice Secretary David Gauke has confirmed that Helen’s Law will be adopted in England and Wales, following a 4-year campaign named after Helen McCourt (pictured), murdered in 1988.
Has he thought it through? Read more...


Let them have it!

Let them have it!By on 24/06/19

A review of the retention and storage of, and access to, material post conviction in England and Wales.

This is the abstract of an Inside Justice article to be published in 'Medicine, Science & the Law', the journal of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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Commission refers the joint enterprise murder conviction of Andre Johnson-Haynes to the Court of Appeal

Commission refers the joint enterprise murder conviction of Andre Johnson-Haynes to the Court of Appeal(Posted on 18/06/19)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the joint enterprise murder conviction of Andre Johnson-Haynes to the Court of Appeal. Mr Johnson-Haynes was one of seven defendants tried on the basis of joint enterprise for the murder of Shakilus Townsend in London in July 2008. All defendants pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court in April 2009, but the jury returned guilty verdicts against all seven. Mr Johnson... Read more...