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The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent?

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Edited by: Michael Naughton

ISBN13: 9780230390614
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback 2009)
Price: £22.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780230219380

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This book, now in paperback, focuses on the world's first publicly-funded body to review alleged miscarriages of justice, set up in the wake of notorious cases such as the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six. Bringing together critical perspectives from campaigners, prominent criminal appeal practitioners and academic specialists, it centres on the different aspects of the CCRC's tasks, in particular, the limitations placed on it by its governing statute that hinder its claimed independence from the appeal courts and its working practices which prevents the referral of cases in which victims may be factually innocent. The book compares the CCRC with existing systems in Scotland, the US and Canada that deal with alleged wrongful convictions. Thoroughly undermining its operations, this study argues that the CCRC's help to innocent victims of wrongful conviction is merely incidental.

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Criminal Law
R.Huff Foreword
M.Mansfield Foreword
M.Zander Introduction
M.Naughton PART I: SETTING THE SCENE The Importance of Innocence for the Criminal Justice System
M.Naughton PART II: VOLUNTARY SECTOR PERSPECTIVES Thoughts from a Victim Support Worker

H.Kierle Challenging the Refusal to Investigate Evidence Neglected by Trial
A.Green The Failure to Live Up to its Stated Values?: The Case of Michael Attwooll and John Roden
D.Eady The Failure of the Review of the Possible Wrongful Convictions Caused by Michael Heath

S.Sekar PART III: PRACTITIONER PERSPECTIVES Historical Abuse Cases: Why They Expose the Inadequacy of the Real Possibility Test
M.Newby Only the Freshest Will Do
C.Malone Applicant Solicitors: Friends or Foes?
G.Maddocks & G.Tan The Inadequacy of Legal Aid

S.Bird PART IV: ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVES After 10 Years: An Investment in Justice?
R.Nobles & D.Schiff Real Possibility or Fat Chance?
K.Kerrigan Press and Release: UK News Coverage of the CCRC Since 1996
P.Mason The CCRC as an Option for Canada: Forwards or Backwards?
C.Walker & K.Campbell A View from the United States

R.Schehr PART V: CONCLUSION Conclusion
M.Naughton References Index