CCRC refers its 750th case to the Court of Appeal
Brett Wilson client Ahmed Mohammed has had his case referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal will now consider an appeal against a conviction for sexual offences that followed a trial at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in 2004.
This referral is the 750th case to be referred for appeal since the CCRC was created in 1997. The effect of a referral from the CCRC is that the 'permission for leave to appeal' stage is bypassed (leave is deemed granted). Mr Mohammed’s case will be listed before the full court for an appeal against conviction on a date to be fixed.
The CCRC was set up following a number of high-profile cases (including the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four) to redress miscarriages of justice where all normal appeal avenues had been exhausted. The CCRC receives approximately 1,400 applications for review per year and has referred around 3% of applications to the appeal courts. The figure for 2020 is expected to be higher due to the large amount of Post Office cases (totalling 47 to date) on grounds relating to problems with the Post Office’s computer system Horizon.
The CCRC’s press release for Mr Mohammed’s case can be accessed here.
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