Circumstances Required for Review

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Dear Criminal Cases Review Commission,

Could you please provide me with your guide lines required to consider a criminal case for a review/appeal. Within this request i am particularly interested in time frames and what is detailed within the Criminal Appeal Act 1995.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Reddy


Mr Realist

HawkinsJ, Criminal Cases Review Commission

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Dear Mr Reddy,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Fortunately I am able to tell you that the material for which you have
asked is all already available in the public domain.

Firstly you have asked for "guidelines required to consider a criminal
case for a review/appeal"

There is a straightforward account of the Commission's processes
available in the Commission's Annual Report and Accounts for 2009/10. I
have attached a pdf copy of it to this email. You will find a section at
the front called The Work of the Commission and a further section at the
back, in Appendix 2, called The Case Review Process in Detail.

Furthermore, there are detailed documents on the Commission's website
called Formal Memoranda (see which
explain policy and procedure in several important areas relating to
casework. They cover many important aspects of the Commission's work
such as decision making and casework pathways.

If by "time frames" you mean you are interested in the time it takes the
Commission to review cases, the issues are addressed in the Casework
section of the Annual Report. There is also a table at the back of the
report, in Tables and Appendices, which show the targets at which we aim
and how we actually performed in relation to those targets during
2009/10. We publish this information every year in our annual report. If
you are interested in performance statistics and other information about
the Commission you can find it in the reports relating to earlier years
on our website

The Criminal Appeal Act 1995 is the act that created the Commission and
sets out the conditions under which referrals to the appeal courts can
be made (see sections 9 - 13).

In terms of how the Commission works, the act is relatively silent and
says only, at Schedule 1 to the Act, "The arrangements for the procedure
of the Commission (including the quorum of the meetings) shall be such
as the Commission may determine.

You can see the act itself at

I hope you find the information supplied to be of some use. Please do
not hesitate to contact me again if there is anything else I can do to

Yours sincerely

Justin Hawkins
Head of Communication
Freedom of Information Officer
Criminal Cases Review Commission

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