The Criminal Cases Review Commission: an effective tool or substantial flop?

Bell, Adam (2014) The Criminal Cases Review Commission: an effective tool or substantial flop? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Despite the number of safeguards available within our criminal justice system, the risk of becoming a victim of a miscarriage of justice is still in existence. Innocent people are still to this day being wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. In the absence of significant reform to the criminal justice system, wrongful convictions will continue to take place in the future.
    This dissertation critically examines the current criminal appeals process in the United Kingdom, with a specific focus on the effectiveness of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) at addressing miscarriages of justice. Through the analysis of a range of secondary sources it is submitted that the CCRC is not an adequate body for addressing miscarriages of justice.
    Having critically compared and contrasted the role of the CCRC to other post-conviction judicial review processes, this dissertation makes a number of recommendations and proposals for reform. These recommendations relate to a number of areas within the post-conviction appeal process. One fundamental conclusion that may be drawn from this dissertation is that the CCRC is failing to offer hope to wrongfully convicted individuals, despite their cases showing strong evidence of potential innocence. It is submitted that significant changes to the way in which the CCRC functions are required in order to directly address this issue. These changes, along with the proposals for reform will arguably create a fairer and more just appellate system.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:44

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