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Cuts Cause Renewed Concern

(Posted on 09/10/18)

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Cuts Cause Renewed Concern

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has criticised new cuts to Government funding of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Representing the last hope for those fighting miscarriages of justice, the CCRC is the only route for those claiming wrongful conviction to return to the Court of Appeal.

Although new justice minister Edward Argar believes the CCRC is “sufficiently funded for the work that it does”, funding has fallen from £7m in 2003/4 to £5.6m in 2017/18, while annual numbers of applications have increased in the same period from 885 to 1,439, according to the Guardian.

“Numbers of application have risen considerably in recent years,” said CCRC chair Richard Foster. “Money is tight. For every £10 the commission had to spend per case 10 years ago, we have about £4 today.”