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Court of Appeal

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what discussions have been held with the Criminal Cases Review Commission on its judgment of the likely success rate of references to the court of appeal; how many cases were reviewed in each of the last five years; and how many were referred to the Court of Appeal. (141505)

The rate of convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal following referral from the Criminal Cases Review Commission is around 70 per cent. We understand that the Court of Appeal regard this rate as broadly satisfactory and we have noted that position in discussions with the Commission. The answer to the second part of the question is contained in the following table.

31 March to 1 April each year

Number of cases completed

Number of cases referred

2002-03

1,012

38

2003-04

931

35

2004-05

825

45

2005-06

1,012

47

2006-07

968

38