3rd June 2009

During 2008-09 the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission undertook its first research project into cases which it had referred in its first ten years.  The project was undertaken independently by the SCCJR with the summary of the main findings being presented at the Commission’s 10th Anniversary Conference on 29 April 2009.


Executive Summary Extract:

The report presents the findings of research commissioned by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (‘the Commission’) to mark the 10th anniversary of its establishment. The research commenced on 10 July 2008 and will conclude with the submission of a final report to the Commission by 30 April 2009. The research was undertaken by researchers working within the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and reviewed the 75 cases referred by the Commission to the High Court of Justiciary sitting as a court of appeal (‘the appeal court’) in the period 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2008. The research aimed to learn more about the references made by the Commission, how its statements of reasons in such cases have been received by the legal profession and the manner in which its grounds of reference have been determined by the court.


You can download the report using the following link: