Cuts Cause Renewed Concern
(Posted on 09/10/18)Share:
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.