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Miscarriages of Justice

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support is provided to persons released from prison after a successful appeal in court. (134805)

The Home Office established in 2003 the Royal Courts of Justice advisory service to help those who have been successful on appeal. Help is provided on things like documents to establish identity, finding accommodation, signing up for social security benefits, getting onto a GP’s list, how to obtain legal assistance as well as practical advice on day-to-day matters, such as obtaining a bank account. In some cases the service also provides longer term casework support and counselling. Successful appellants may also be able to claim compensation from the Home Secretary depending on the circumstances of the case.